No, don’t worry, I am not about to post an homage to the disastrously awful motorway rest-stop “restaurants” that blighted the lives of every traveller on the UK’s motorways for far too many decades. Instead, I offer a quick and easy way to indulge in a bit of pizza making. Fun for everyone and makes a yummy lunch!
A domestic goddess I am not and yes, if there is a short-cut I will seek it out. If you have the time and energy to make your own pizza dough (and yes, I realize it is really not that difficult…see recipe here) then do go ahead and do so! However, when the kids spotted a ready-make pizza kit on the shelves of our local discount supermarket (begins with an A and sounds like “baldy”…) I saw the chance to get them cooking!
The kit comes with a roll of ready-made dough and a jar of tomato pizza sauce. Roll the dough out onto a rectangular baking sheet and spread the sauce out from the middle. Add the toppings of your choice. We used up some pineapple rings (cut into chunks), a few cherry tomatoes (sliced in half lengthways), a couple of slices of prosciutto (ripped into bite-size squares), some fresh basil leaves (also ripped up) and all topped off with a few handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese. The uncooked pizza goes into an oven preheated to 200 degrees C for 15-20 minutes.
Considering the dough was ready-made, the end result was very nice indeed and several slices were enjoyed by all. The kids all got to help – either rolling, spreading, cutting, shredding or sprinkling as required – and they got to eat what they made themselves.
If anyone has some suggestions for similarly easy, but delicious, recipes for kids to make themselves, please do let me know!