Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pizza For Bodo's School Lunch

Bodo loves Pizza
I LOVE making and packing lunches everyday :)
To make this easier I do a little bit of pre cooking planning and I am set up to make pizza
Every week
Even whipping up a freshie first thing in the am to pack that day
HOW do I do it ???
I pre make the dough and freeze it in balls
I pre make the sauce and freeze in silicone muffin cups
Then you just need to grab portions from the freezer...thaw...and make
saves you from buying pizza cheese sticks from the Deli (way overpriced!)
plus you get homemade sauce and that makes them delish
Boden declares that his mummy's pizza is the best and begs me to make it instead of ordering Panago
I am Awesome 

Here are the two recipes I use :)

Kids Plain Tomato Sauce from scratch:

Blend a 26 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes in a blender
Heat 2 TBSP olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
ADD: A handful of finely chopped onion, 1 crushed Garlic clove, and a pinch of salt & pepper
Cook 5-6 mins till onions are soft.
Add Tomatoes & 1/2 Cups water  & a spring of Basil
Simmer sauce till it thickens and season with more salt & pepper if desired.

Once cooled I freeze this yummy homemade sauce in my silicone muffin cups.
Once frozen I pop out of the muffin cups and store in a large ziplock freezer bag.

Simple Flat Bread / Pizza dough 
This is a great lil bread recipe that is versatile enough to become pizza dough OR easy dinner bread

* 3 1/2 Cups all Purpose Flour, plus more for kneading
* 2 tsp instant yeast
* 1 tsp fine grain sea salt
* 1 1/2 Cups Luke warm water
* 2 TBSP Olive Oil, divided plus more for brushing

In a bowl Mixer bowl mix together flour, yeast and salt with a whisk
Add the luke warm water & 1 TSBP olive oil mix together just until dry ingredients have absorbed wet

Attach the mixing bowl to your mixer fitted with a dough hook.
With the mixer on medium speed kneed the dough for 5 mins
Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and finish kneading with floured hands
Knead just until dough is smooth and elastic & springs back when poked.
If the dough is really sticky you can knew in more flour but keep in mind more flour = tougher bread

NOW coat a large bowl with olive oil put your dough in and give a few turns to coat with oil.
Cover with plastic wrap & let rise about 45 mins or until dough has doubled in size

Meanwhile pre heat oven 475 (If you are going to bake on that day)

Punch dough down and divide into 4 balls.
Shape each piece into a ball and place onto a flat surface and lay a piece of plastic wrap over them
Let rest 10 minutes
At this point you can freeze your dough in balls on a silicone covered cooky sheet
when frozen put portions into a large freezer bag
Defrost in fridge when you are ready to use
If you are making bread knead less = more air bubbles & more height
If you are making pizza knead more = flatter :)
To BAKE:  lightly brush bottom of a dark coloured baking sheet with olive oil.
Stretch to flatten for pizza
slightly flattened balls for bread
BAKE in the middle of your oven 10 - 15 mins

Enjoy your pizza
Asia Girl

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