In Hospitality & Catering this half-term KS3 have been hard at work on a pizza project. Pupils began by experimenting with different topping combinations to create the perfect pizza. We practiced making our fresh dough from scratch and realised that leaving the dough to prove in the right conditions and for the correct amount of time was key! We also perfected our pizza sauce which was made from scratch and tasted absolutely delicious. Check out our recipe at the bottom of this post.

 After tasting and reflecting on our creations we upped the stakes the following week. We provided samples to staff and other pupils around schools and took over 50 orders for our pizzas. One pupil received a whopping 17 orders! That was going to be a real challenge to deliver. After a week break to mentally prepare for ShowTime pupils were ready and raring to go.

 The effort and teamwork on display was inspirational. One pupil who did not receive any orders due to an absence in the previous session supported his peers by preparing pizza boxes and organising work spaces efficiently. It was tough, and everyone’s arms were tired from kneading over 10kg of pizza dough but due to some great #perseverance & #cooperation we did it! Feedback from customers was fantastic and most commented that they could not believe how hard the boys must have worked to produce the quantity and quality that they did. We raised over £130 for the school defibrillator by selling the pizzas and everyone cannot wait to try them again.

 To make a delicious pizza at home follow the simple recipe below.

 1.    Preheat oven to 200°c

 2.    For the base:

 150g strong white flour, ½ tsp oil, ½ tsp yeast, ¼ tsp salt

 Add hot water gradually while stirring until the dough comes together.

Knead for 15 minutes adding more flour when it feels sticky.

Leave to prove while making the sauce…

 3.    For the Sauce:

 125g chopped tomatoes, 50g tomato puree, pinch black pepper, ¼ tsp sugar, ¼ tsp mixed Italian herbs (or basil) ½ tsp fresh or pureed garlic

 Mix together in a bowl and squash the tomatoes with a fork.

 4.    Roll out the dough and top with the sauce. Finish with mixed cheddar and mozzarella cheese and any toppings you want!

 5.    Bake in middle of preheated oven for 11 minutes.

 

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