How To Make a Pizza (as told by 4 years olds)

Hi there!  Want to learn how to make a pizza?  It’s easy!  There are many pre-mix and pre-prepared ingredients out there that will simplify the process.  It’s s easy that even a 4 year old can do it, so let them show you how!

Step 1:

Preheat the oven.  If you’re buying a pre-mix crust mixture, the cooking temperature is usually listed in the oven.  If not, 350 degrees is usually a safe temperature to use.

Step 2:

Prepare the crust.  Nowadays, crust mixes can be easily bought and all you need to do is to mix with water.  Follow the instructions on the packaging to determine the appropriate amount of water to add.

Then, sprinkle some flour on to the table so that the dough does not stick to the table.

Rock & Roll

Lay the dough on the table and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough until it is consistently thin and flat.

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*EXPERT MODE ONLY:  Optionally, throw the pizza dough in the air and spinning it a few times.

You may wonder, what’s the use of throwing and spinning the dough in the air?

SIMPLE ANSWER:
The spinning of the dough helps to create the round, circular shape, and the air flow over the dough surface helps dry the dough.

TECHNICAL ANSWER:
The spinning of the dough thrown into the air to increase the radius and to make it close to uniformly round.  When the dough is in the air, there is less  resistance (compared to when laid on the table), and, when thrown so that the axis of rotation is perfectly vertical, the rotational motion will create the centripetal force, which increases as the radius of the pie increases.  (the velocity of a particle of dough is related by w*r)

Step 3:

Add the pizza sauce.  Just like the pre-mix dough, the sauce can also be bought in a can or a jar at your nearest supermarket.  If you feel adventurous, you can try making your own simple sauce.  Just use tomato paste/puree, a bit of garlic and add Italian seasoning to taste.

Spiral

Pour the sauce with a scoop to the center of the pizza dough, and spread outward in a spiral motion for even coverage. Careful not to be overly generous when pouring the sauce as too much sauce will wet and soften the dough and eventually you will end up with a soggy dough.

STEP 4:

Add cheese!!!  Loads and loads of it!!!  The types of cheese that are used are usually mozzarella or parmesan.

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*NOTE:
The amount of cheese can be determined according to individual taste and preferences

Add other toppings.  Pizzas can be topped with almost anything.  So you can just add your favourite toppings and who knows, you might end up having the next world-famous pizza!

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Favourite toppings include pepperoni, sausages, mushroom, peppers, onions, olives and pineapple.

Straight from the heart

Another important step to keep in mind is, do it with sincerity and love when you’re preparing your pizza. Everything comes from the heart, and it will be reflected in your final product! So SMILE!

STEP 5:

Now comes the stage where the pizza needs to be baked.

Scoop-by dooby doo

A large flat scoop can be used to easily lift the pizza from the table, straight into the oven. If you do not own a special scoop, an alternative would be to use the common garden shovel.

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The pizza is placed into the pre-heated oven and is baked for around 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust. One thing to look out for is to check the baking dough ever few minutes to ensure that the sides does not get burnt.

Ready to serve!

Once the pizza is baked, remove from the oven, place it on a cutting tray and cut the pizza into eight equal slices. Transfer the pizza slices to the plate ready for serving!

Step 6:

Makan time!  There are many ways to enjoy your pizza.  Here are some examples.

The Right Hander

Some people use their right hand to hold their pizza by the dough.

The Left Hander with a little bit of twist

Some other people would prefer to use their left hand to hold the pizza, and tilting their head at 45 degrees so easier insertion into the mouth chamber.

The Reverser

There are a few who uses both their hands to hold their pizza, and eating the pizza dough first, then the filling!

The Must-Get-It-All

Others just try to place their head closest as they can to their plates and try to get everything in, in one go.

Pure sweetness (the pizza or the face? You decide)

Most important of all, remember to enjoy your pizza!

Finger Licking Good!

Once you are done eating, remember to wash your hands clean. Or you could just ‘finger-licking-good’ it clean!

STEP 7:

Share it with your friends!

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Put your pizzas into take away containers and make sure you share all the love you had put into your pizza by sharing it with your friends! They will love you more!

 

– THE END –

Many thanks to the management and staff of Fratini’s Restaurant for taking in the Kindergarten (Level 2) students of Chung Hua Middle School Kuala Belait to show and teach them the process of making a pizza.  What better way to learn than to actually get their hands ‘dirty’ and actually making their own pizza!

The kids thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience and each one of them went home with a smile on their face (and their very own self-made pizza to show their mom and dad!)

THANK YOU FRATINI!

THANK YOU FRATINI!

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Posted on July 29, 2012, in Food and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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