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DanielMummy's Pizza Recipe

…requires a breadmaker. Which would be fine chez nous, were it not for the fact we recently gave ours away because we just weren’t using it enough. Typical.

I think the spinach and cheese topping sounds particularly delish and may yet find myself experimenting using my old student standby – the tortilla wrap as pizza base. That and 10p noodles kept me going through the lean years, let me tell you.

Here’s the recipe. This makes two 11 inch pizzas, which Daniel (9 months), me and DH all enjoyed. And there’s nearly half left still, so quantities could be reduced.

225 ml warm water
1 and a half tbsp oil
325g bread flour (I used white, but could do a 50/50 white/wholemeal mix)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp dried yeast
Topping (pizza 1)
Half a tube of tomato puree
Lots of grated cheese (I used cheddar)
Selection of your choice vegetables (I used 2 shallots – chopped and fried, 2 cherry tomatoes – skinned and sliced, broccoli – finely chopped, sweetcorn)

Topping (pizza 2)
A tub of cream cheese
6 cubes of frozen spinach (defrosted)
1 tsp fried shallot (taken from that prepared for pizza 1)
A pinch of mixed spice
Small amount of grated cheese
Put water and oil in breadmaker. Cover with the flour. Put sugar in one corner. Make indentation in flour for yeast and make on dough setting. (Adapt this stage to do by hand, if you haven’t got a breadmaker). Grease two 11inch circular pizza tins and preheat oven (220 deg for fan oven). Once dough is ready, divide in half between the 2 tins. Press to a flat round shape to fill tin (best to cover your hands in flour to avoid dough sticking to your fingers). Cover with oiled clingfilm for 15 mins.

Then do the toppings.
Pizza 1 – cover base with tomato puree nearly to edge. Then distribute the veggies over. Finally, top with loads of grated cheese.
Pizza 2 – cover base with cream cheese nearly to edge. Mix the spinach, shallot and spice together. Spread the mixture over the cream cheese.Sprinkle a little grated cheese over the top.
Put the pizzas in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden and sizzling (probably a little longer if not a fan oven). Serve immediately for adults, but let it cool a bit for babies. And cut babies’ portions into pieces about 1-2 inches. (I didn’t give Daniel any of the crust, but it would be nice and chewy for teething).

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