Bunny was delighted to learn that her new first first grade teacher was known throughout her school as "The Cooking Teacher." Never mind that her school has all sorts of really wonderful fringe benefits (like science classes taught at the science museum; drama, music, and poetry classes taught by resident members of the local community theater; music; afterschool chess, sports, French, and Spanish; a perceptual motor skills class in addition to P.E.taught by a real Ph.D.) that make us bite a huge financial bullet to live where we live. It's a charmed public school with so much to offer students, but nothing compares to the fact Bunny has a teacher that loves to cook.
And sure enough, on Back to School night, her teacher outlined how she uses cooking in her classroom: it not only teaches an important life skill, but requires reading, math, and time-telling knowledge. As I perused her three-page grocery list of ingredients that she hoped parents would donate (15 lbs each of flour and sugar, chocolate chips, every spice, extract, and herb imaginable) I knew Bunny was in for a memorable year.
My girls, ages 4 and 6 love to help in the kitchen, and I encourage it at every turn. Bunny will be champion chef in her class because she has so much hands-on opportunity at home. One of my girls' favorite meals to make is homemade pizza. This is something even little kids truly can do themselves from start to finish (aside from putting it into/taking it out of the oven).
I was recently sent a couple of tubes of Pillsbury Pizza Crust Thin Crust version to try. It's not unlike the dough we buy from Trader Joe's except that it's much easier to deal with. It rolls out nicely and really does crisp up but remains tender. I would definitely recommend it for times when you don't have time to make your own dough but still want homemade pizza. (Would be nice to see it in a whole wheat version.) We thought the dough was a great success. See for yourself!
Start by stretching the dough to fit a cookie sheet:
Top with crushed tomatoes + herbs or fresh tomatoes concassé or just brush with olive oil (my pref):
Cheese those babies up. (I used 2 cups of grated mozzarella per pizza. We like cheese.)
Top as you prefer:
Wallie likes and all-veggie pizza with plenty of black olives:
Bunny likes pepperoni and tomato:
Cook according to package directions and about 20 minutes later, you have a couple of masterpieces:
In the last photo you can really see the thin, crispy crust. Mmmm mmm MMM! Enjoy!