Thursday, March 25, 2010

Homemade Pizzas {Curious Chef Review & Giveaway}

My kids could not wait to get into the kitchen when Curious Chef's 5-Piece Pizza Making Kit arrived! The kit, which retails for $19.99, came complete with kid-friendly utensils {nylon knife, pizza cutter, pizza server and silicone spatula} as well as an adorable cutting board, a shopping list and fun stickers!

We decided to make our pizza from scratch, and we used some dairy & egg-free products due to their food allergies. From start to finish, the kids loved being involved in the process of making their very own pizzas and I was able to relax as they used the safe kid-friendly utensils {by relax, I don't mean napping in another room, I just mean that I didn't have to worry about them hurting themselves with the usual kitchen utensils.} And in the end, the pizzas were delicious for us all to enjoy!

Pizza Sauce:
1/2 C. onion, finely diced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp. basil
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 tsp. pepper

Saute onion in medium saucepan in a dash of olive oil until soft. Add the rest of ingredients to the onions in the saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 10 minutes.

Pizza Crust:
2 3/4 C flour
1 package dry active yeast
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C warm water
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
corn meal

In a large bowl, which together 1 1/4 C flour, yeast, and salt. Add warm water and oil. Beat well, scraping bowl constantly. Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. In the bowl, knead in enough remaining flour to make moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (knead 6 to 8 minutes total). Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat over to 425 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with corn meal, shaking over the sink or garbage to remove the excess.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 16-inch circle. Transfer to the baking sheet. Build up the edges slightly, and prick the crust with a fork. Do not let it rise!!! Bake for 12 minutes, or until browned.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Spread pizza sauce over the hot crust. Sprinkle any toppings on that you'd like {we did cheese and pepperoni}. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more or until toppings are hot. Then, enjoy!

Now it's your turn to have Curious Chef entertain your kids in your kitchen! Stop by my blog to enter a special giveaway of some adorable Spring Cookie Cutters! We are all about cookie cutters--every day my kids pick different cookie cutters for me to cut their sandwiches with! Be sure to check it out!


  1. Wow, that's awesome you made it from scratch. I don't think I've ever made a thing from scratch.

    Thanks for stopping over. See you tomorrow for the special cash giveaway Friday Follow!


  2. My husband loves pizza..


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