Last week, my West-y boy was doing some bubble in test practice for school. You know the drill-you read the non-fiction passage and then answer twenty multiple choice questions. He'd read about round dances around the world, which he found thoroughly booooring. He read about volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, which he found thoroughly engaging. And then, he flipped the page and read a recipe with instructions: Easy Pizza. I knew, I just knew, that he would answer every question correctly. This is my child, doggone it; he better know how to make cheese pizza even without even reading that passage. Listen to these questions:
What happens after you put the dough into a bowl and cover it with a towel?
a. The dough shrinks.
b. The dough separates.
c. The dough rises.
d. The dough changes color.
The pizza pans are most likely greased in order to-
a. make sure the dough won't stick
b. add a spicy flavor
c. help the cheese melt
d. make the dough rise
What will probably happen after the pizza is placed in the oven?
a. The water will boil.
b. The dough will rise.
c. The cheese will melt.
d. The dough will divide in half.
All right, so it' s not rocket science, but I'm still proud. He got all of 25 of them correct, that little son of a baker. (Which is more than I can say about the round dance questions.) And then of course we had to make the pizza. And it was easy, just like they promised, but it was also delicious. And very, very academic. We felt smarter with every bite we took, and you will too. Especially because you'll be saving money, you scholar, you.
Money Saving Tips:
It's usually cheaper to buy cheese in block, so shred your own. (It tastes better that way, too.) Buy the big blocks for the most savings. Wrap the unused portion in waxed paper and refrigerate. If you don't have tomato sauce on hand, blend up some diced tomatoes or use jarred marinara sauce.
recipe stole shamelessly from the Test Ready program
Estimated Cost: $5.00
1 cup warm water
1 package yeast (2 and 1/2 tsps)
1 teaspoon each salt and sugar
1 tablespoon oil
3 cups flour
1 small can tomato sauce (we also added crushed red pepper flakes, dried basil, and a pinch of sugar and salt)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Pour the warm water into a large bowl. Sprinkle the yeast onto the water. Let sit for five minutes and then stir. Add salt, sugar, and oil to this mixture. Then add 1 and 1/2 cups flour. Stir until smooth. Add the rest of flour and mix until smooth. You may use your hands if needed.
2. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into tow balls. Place dough into a bowl and cover with a towel. Let dough rise 30 minutes in a warm place.
3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
4. Flatten each ball of dough with a rolling pin. Stretch dough onto two greased pizza pans or a cookie sheet.
5. Spread a small amount of oil on the dough. Spread tomato sauce on the dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes.
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