Mara Pizza
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4-5
  • 1 & ⅓ cup warm Water
  • 1 package Dry Yeast
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 3-5 cups of Flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  1. Start the process for them by proofing the yeast. To do this, put ⅓ cup of warm water (no hotter than 110 degrees F or you will kill the yeast) in a cup. Dissolve the dry yeast and sugar in the water. The sugar gives something for the yeast to feed on and thus 'liven up' faster. After five minutes, if the yeast is good, the mixture should have a bubbly foam on top of it, about an inch high. I proof the yeast in a clear glass or jar so the girls can see how the foam rises. Once the yeast proofs, the girls take it over.
  2. In a bowl or on a clean counter top, mix 4 cups of flour with the salt, mound it up like a mountain, then create a crater in the middle like a volcano. Inside this hole, pour the liquids: yeast mixture and olive oil. With your hands, slowly start mixing in the flour into the liquids. This is the girls' favorite part as they get their hands right into the messy mixture. Keep incorporating more flour until the mixture starts to form a dough ball. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  3. Oil a large mixing bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil and turn your dough into this bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and let it rise until doubled. This will take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. After the dough had doubled, 'punch it down' (this is Mara's favorite job) and gather the dough together again. Divide if making individual pizzas, or make one large one by stretching or rolling the dough out to the desired size and thickness. Place the dough on a pizza pan and start topping with your favorites.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and when ready, bake your pizzas for 10 to 20 minutes depending on how large your pizzas are, until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbly.
  5. The kids will know what to do from here...
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