Friday, April 29, 2011

Little Red Hen Made a Pizza and So Did We!!!!!

My kids have recently been enjoying Philemon Sturges’s The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. It’s a retelling of the classic little red hen story in which little hen works hard to make a loaf of bread, no one helps her, but everyone wants to eat the bread. In the end, they go hungry while she pigs out on bread. In this version, while no one wants to help the hen, she is benevolent and let’s them come to the pizza party anyways. They even help clean up in the end.

The last time we read the book, Mr. P. said, “I want to make a pizza.”
Wish granted. My dad came over to join in the fun. 

               1 package yeast
         1 cup water (a bit warm is preferable)
                      2 tablespoons olive oil
         1 teaspoon salt
         2 teaspoons white sugar
                2 cups bread flour (you can mix and match white and wheat to get the texture you want.)
Dissolve the yeast in warmish water and let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes (this is a good time to wash hands with the kiddos).

Once that’s ready, in your mixing bowl add the olive oil, salt, sugar, flour and the yeast. Beat it for about 5 minutes.

You can choose to cover it and let it rise (yielding a doughier crust) or if you like thin crust, less doughy, you can get to work shaping the dough right away.

Heat your over to 375 degrees.

I like to break the dough into small balls to dole out so everyone works on their own pizza and can put whatever they want on it. My oldest is less adventurous and sticks to broccoli and cheese. The younger one will try almost anything. Mr. P. had a blast putting things he wouldn’t eat onto his brother’s pizza.

The thinner you spread it, the less doughy it will be. Then move your fingers around the edges, curling the dough inward to form a crust.

 Spread tomato paste across pizza dough and begin to cover with various condiments. I like to put all of my toppings in little bowls on the table and just let the kids dig in.

Bake 20 – 25 minutes – until desired doughiness is achieved and enjoy!!
Unlike in Little Red Hen where everyone helps clean up, my husband did most of the leg work here. (Thank you!)

                                  (happiest pizza I ever did see)

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