Q is turning five in a couple of weeks. Five! While deciding what we were going to do to celebrate half a decade, I realized I didn’t post pics from his last party, almost a year ago. Oops! Last year, Q was very much into Bubble Guppies. Since he also loves to help out in the kitchen, we combined his two favourite things and had a cooking party at Loblaw’s (aka Superstore).
They provided the activity – pizza making from scratch. All the kids got to decorate a chef’s hat and wear that along with an apron while they made their pizzas. The kids were shown how to make the dough, and they each got to roll their dough and put on their own toppings.
The parents got to chill, while the instructors taught the kids what to do,
helping with hand washing, dough kneading and decorating. It was
Q’s little friends each got to decorate a cake and were able to take it home as their “loot bag”.
They even provided Q with a birthday cake. Talk about a no fuss party!
I was really impressed with the dough that they made. With very minimal rising time, it was actually a pretty good crust! In fact, I have used this recipe many times since then, and it’s perfect, especially in a time crunch.
Easy Pizza Crust
Courtesy of Loblaw’s Cooking School
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
3 tsp active dry yeast
2 TB vegetable or olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
In a small bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand for 10 minutes or until foamy. Stir in oil.
Combine flour with salt. Stir with finger. Stir about 1/2 the flour mixture into the yeast mixture. Keep adding slowly until dough is sticky enough to take out of the bowl in a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out into a 12-inch circle.
Transfer the pizza to a lightly greased baking sheet and stretch with fingers carefully to desired size.
Let rise for 15 minutes before going into the oven to bake. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until dough is fully cooked / golden brown.