Make your own pizza at home

WHAT do you do when your eight-year old nephew or niece comes to visit this Easter? Make pizza!. It’s fun and out of the ordinary. Easter is a time when family may visit and on some occasions your little nephews or nieces opt to spend the weekend with your children.

Pizza maybe sound odd on Easter but it does the trick of getting together and can also be enjoyed as a snack.

Still not satisfied with making pizza for Easter? Well at least if for some mysterious reasons all pizza outlets in Fiji were closed — you won’t be affected because you can make your own pizza.

Homemade pizza is perfect because you have the ultimate choice of the kind of delicious topping, unless of cause your nephew wants ‘M & Ms’ added.

Website /www.allrecipes.com gives more tips of how to make pizza at home

Ingredient

Dough: 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

* 1 cup lukewarm water

* 3 cups all-purpose flour

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 2 tablespoons shortening

Sauce: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

* 1/2 cup chopped onion

* 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

* 6 fluid ounces water

* 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

* 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

* 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

* 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

* 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and shortening. Stir in the yeast mixture. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until tender. Stir in tomato paste and water.

Season with sugar, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, marjoram, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

Recipe makes 2 (12 inch) pizzas. Divide dough in half, and spread onto pizza pans. Cover with sauce, and desired toppings. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.