We've got a great selection of ideas and a really tasty recipe so you can make your very
own mouth-watering pizzas!
Shall we get started...?
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And don't forget the ice..
Big kids will love our ice-cold Fossil-Iced ice trays, which can double up as Jell-O moulds too! These food-grade silicone trays are uniquely adapted to survive the Ice Age in your freezer over and over again.
We think you'll really enjoy making and eating fresh home-baked 'Pizza Pi' with your friends and family. Our recipe will help you feed the hungry hoards whilst giving you an opportunity to explain the chemical reaction that yeast brings to dough making.
- 1kg strong white bread flour or Tipo ‘00’ Italian flour
- Alternatively, you can use 800g strong white bread flour (or Tipo ‘00’ flour) and add 200g finely ground semolina flour
- 1 level tablespoon fine sea salt
- 2 x 7g sachets of dried yeast
- 1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 650ml lukewarm water
- Try to get the finest grade flour you can find. Use ‘00’ Italian Tipo for a super smooth texture. Otherwise, you need to look for ‘strong’ white flour as it has plenty of gluten .. which makes the dough very elastic.
- Sieve the flour & salt on to a clean surface, making a well in middle.
- Mix yeast, sugar & olive oil into the lukewarm water in a jug & leave for a few minutes, then gently pour into the well of flour. Use a fork to slowly and carefully incorporate the flour into the liquid, pulling in the flour from the sides of the well into the middle.
- As all the ingredients begin to come together, use floured hands to continue working the flour into the liquid, eventually kneading the mixture until you have a smooth, springy dough.
- Sprinkle a little flour into a large bowl and then place the dough in it. Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm area. After about an hour the dough will have doubled in size.
- Knocking back the dough: time to get physical with your dough! Place the dough on a surface dusted with flour. Using the heel of your hands will remove the air from the dough as you knead it.
Now you have a choice. You can either use it straight away or you can wrap it in Saran wrap (Clingfilm) and pop it into the fridge or freezer to use later.
To make 6-8 medium sized thin pizza bases take the dough and divide into 6-8 dough balls and then roll each one out (to around 0.5cm thickness) about 15-20 minutes before you want to cook them.
Cook in a hot over for approximately 12-15 minutes.
Cut and serve with a Pizza Pi Cutter to start discussions about this 18th century symbol given to explain the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it's diameter.
Did You Know that...
- You can cook pizza on a BBQ by cooking on a Pizza stone preheated on the BBQ.
- For a crispy pizza, cook the base on a skillet
- You can add semolina to the flour for a great taste
- Cooking is a great way to get kids involved in science
Looking for some great dessert ideas with a science twist? Try our Mega Size Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker - no electricity needed, just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other. But you have to keep it moving - shake it, pass it, roll it or kick it! Great fun for the classroom, camping, boating or picnics.
Or how about some Astronaut Ice Cream to fire up their enthusiasm for science and astronomy?
At the end of your Science & Engineering Pizza Party, you'll probably want a nice hot cup of coffee ... and what better opportunity to WOW your friends with our great Coffee Cup Stirling Engine which is powered with either a cup of steaming hot coffee or a bowl of that delicious ice cream you made earlier!!
Whatever you decide to do this summer, we're sure you'll have a whole heap of fun with these great ideas.
And if you're not holding your own Science & Engineering Party, all the items here will make great gifts for birthdays, Fathers day, or even as a thank you to your host when you go out for dinner.
Let's get everyone talking about Science this summer!