We had so much fun making our mini pizzas, that we’ve been using the pizza dough to make other things, sweet things!
Cooking the pizza dough a bit longer and without any topping, creates a lovely crispy biscuit texture. And even though the dough isn’t sweet, adding something sweet on top is enough to turn the savoury dough into a sweet treat.
Little ones can help make the dough, roll it out and cut out the shapes, and there’s no easier decoration than spreading Nutella and dusting with icing sugar. They’re going to love their creations!
NUTELLA PIZZA STARS
Prep time: 1 hr 40 mins (for dough to rise twice)
Cook time: 5 mins
Makes about 30 biscuits
Uncooked dough can be frozen
7 g dried yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups strong white bread flour such as “OO” flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup cold water
A handful of semolina (optional)
1 jar of Nutella
icing sugar to serve
Put the warm water in a small bowl and add the yeast. Leave for 15 mins for it to froth up.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, olive oil and cold water. Add the yeast mixture and mix until it comes together in a ball.
Knead the dough on a floured work surface for about 5 mins. It should feel elastic and soft, and be a bit sticky.
Put the dough back into the bowl, cover and leave to prove for 20 mins.
Divide the dough into two, place the second piece in another bowl, cover both and leave to prove again for an hour (the dough should double in size).
Heat oven to 220C and leave the tray you’ll use (preferably a heavy-based one) inside to heat up (this helps cook the bottom of the pizzas).
Lightly flour your work bench and roll out one piece of the dough as thin as you can. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out your shapes.
Lightly cover a cutting board with semolina, place your pizza stars on top and drizzle with a dash of olive oil. Open the oven and bring the hot tray out enough so you can sprinkle on some more semolina and slide the stars from the cutting board on to the tray (the semolina will help them move more easily).
The time it takes to cook your pizza stars depends on the thickness of your dough, but they should only take about 5 mins so keep a close eye on them. They’ll probably puff up a little. They’re done when the dough is golden brown on the edges.
Put the stars on a wire rack to cool. Once cool, spread with some Nutella and dust with icing sugar.