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Guilt Free Pizza

Kate and Jacob sized portions

Regular readers (hello mum) will know that my son Jacob is not the world’s greatest eater. Most of the time it doesn’t worry me as I know that most toddlers can be a bit fussy, but some days his decision to only eat a yogurt and a crust of bread drives me to what I’ll politely refer to ‘mild angst’.

Like a lot of mums, I’m always tempted to just go down the chicken nugets route as I hate spending ages cooking something for it to be refused (that’ll be another ‘mild angst’ moment there) but with the exception of Official Saviours of the Crafts on Sea Household (that’sΒ fish fingers to you) I try to avoid anything too junky. This recipe is from my lovely friend Louise Harris who teaches crafts, cooking and gardening at The Storehouse in Southend. Its not too fussy to make and as I’ve made it three times in the last week I figured this makes it successful enough that I should share it!

Guilt Free Pizza – Enough for one adult and one child


Ready to cook

250-300g plain flour

A pinch of salt

A pinch of sugar

1/4 teaspoon dried yeast

80ml hand hot water

1 teaspoon oil

2 blobs tomato puree

Cheese (mozerella, or cheddar, whatever is in your fridge)

Whatever veg, meat or anything else you think you can sneak into your child

1) Mix together the flour, salt, sugar and yeast, then mix in the water until it is like a dough

2) Add the oil and need for ten minutes (I do this one handed and use my clean hand for looking online on my phone)

3) Leave to rest for five to ten minutes

4) Oil a bit of foil or baking tray , roll out the pizza onto this

5) Mix your tomato puree with a bit of water to make a paste and spread this over your pizza. Add your cheese and whatever bits and bobs you’ve found in your fridge that need eating. I added mushrooms, which went down ok and red onion which was instantly picked off and thrown over the side of the highchair.

6) Pop in the over for about 20 mins 180c. I’m afraid Louise’s instructions didn’t go as far as cooking details so I make it up each time and just keep an on the over. Sorry, I’m sure Delia write similar things in her books though, right?!

7) Enjoy!!

The official seal of approval


  1. 28th March 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Sounds yummy! I love making homemade pizza, though usually use our breadmaker for the dough. Unfortunately I’ve given up bread and any bread-like products including pizza for Lent, but I’m looking forward to pizza after Easter now that I’ve looked at this! πŸ™‚

    • admin
      28th March 2012 / 6:50 pm

      Brave woman for giving up bread! Thank goodness easter is soon now, long weekend, bread and chocolate – sounds good! πŸ™‚

  2. 30th March 2012 / 6:58 pm

    Oo this looks delicious, I love a good pizza I’ve never made my own. Kids brought ones can be all dough and no topping I find! x

    • admin
      31st March 2012 / 9:36 am

      Its a lot easier than I thought it would be Emily, and it means that you can use up all the bits and bobs hiding in the back of your fridge too πŸ™‚

  3. 20th June 2012 / 7:38 pm

    WHY did it take me so long to make this?! Childe The First requested ‘home made pizza’ a couple of days ago and I remembered you’d posted a recipe…well it went down a storm, they both loved it! Have duly pimped it all over t’internet πŸ˜€

    • Kate
      21st June 2012 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you! Glad it went well πŸ˜€

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