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Bellissimo Pizza Recipe

05/11/2015 10:26 GMT | Updated 04/11/2016 09:12 GMT

We love cooking together here at View From A Daddy and today we decided to try something we hadn't cooked before...PIZZA!

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Cooking helps your little one to learn about following instructions, sequencing and develops their patience. Today we used our motor skills to mix together and roll out our ingredients. We were all impressed with the final product!

The Bellissimo Pizza Recipe makes 2 pizzas, serving 4.

Prep: 25 mins. Cook: 10 mins.

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Ingredients

For the base

300g strong bread flour

1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

For the tomato sauce

100ml passata

handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried

1 garlic clove, crushed

For the topping

125g ball mozzarella, sliced

handful grated or shaved parmesan

handful cherry tomatoes, halved

pepperoni slices

To finish

handful basil leaves (optional)

Cooking Guide

Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it's not essential for a thin crust.

Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.

Roll out the dough: If you've let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.

Top and bake: Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, pepperoni, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

We hope you have as much fun as we did!

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