Make your own pizza

Home learning focus

Learn how to make flatbread that can be turned into a pizza using a simple, no-cook, pizza sauce.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos on making flatbread and kneading dough

  • three activities to try at home

Created in partnership with BBC Food.

Learn

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world and knowing how to make your own pizza means you never have to go without.

In this lesson, you will make a simple flatbread dough from flour, water, salt and a little oil.

You can also make an easy, no-cook tomato sauce.

Watch this video, from 'BBC Food', on how to make flatbreads before making your own using the recipes below.

How to make flatbread

The need to knead

When flour is mixed with water, it forms stringy strands called gluten - this is what makes the bread hold its shape while the evaporating steam from the water in the dough creates little bubbles.

The dough becomes stretchier and can hold more bubbles when you knead the dough and the flour is also able to absorb the water more evenly so that the dough is smooth.

Gluten also needs to rest so that you can roll the dough out without springing back, so don’t skip this stage of the recipe!

This quick video, from 'BBC Food', shows you how to knead dough.

It takes practice and can be tiring, so do your best!

How to knead bread dough

Practise

Now you can try and put some of what you have learned about making pizza into action.

Activity 1

Make your pizza dough

The dough needs to rest for 20 minutes after kneading.

While you wait, make a no-cook pizza sauce using the recipe below.

An adult will need to help you fry the flatbread and using the grill.

Make sure to use oven gloves when touching hot equipment or food.

Flatbread recipe

Equipment:

  • Frying pan
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking tray
  • Grater
  • Vegetable knife

Ingredients:

  • Plain white flour, plus extra for rolling
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil
  • Tin chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato purée
  • Dried oregano, or mixed dried herbs

Activity 2

Make your sauce

This recipe uses tinned tomatoes and dried herbs.

As the sauce doesn’t need to be cooked, you may only need help with opening the tin.

Pizza sauce recipe

Acitivity 3

Top your pizza

Topping ideas:

  • Margarita - cheese and tomato
  • Hawaiian - ham and pineapple
  • Pepperoni
  • Chicken and sweetcorn
  • Mushrooms, peppers, onion, olives or spinach

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