Last Saturday my niece came to visit from down south, so we got the kids’ friends over for a pizza party to celebrate. There were at least 20 teenagers, plus a few other younger kids, and we all had a lot of fun!
To make the food side of things simpler, I got them to all bring pizza toppings to share. They chopped up the toppings while I made enough spelt pizza dough for about 20 pizzas (easy peasy in the Thermomix!), and then they all made their own pizzas. (In between soccer games, board games, remote control aeroplane flying, chatting, laughing, singing, and everything else!) So much more fun than buying pizzas, not to mention cheaper, healthier and yummier. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we used two ovens – mine and mum’s – she just lives two doors down.
I also made mango sorbets with magic chocolate topping (see ‘Day 7’) for afternoon tea, which they loved, and no one complained about the lack of soft drink or junk food, so they must be getting used to my strange ways!
After dinner, I had a bit of a brainwave and whipped up these dessert pizzas with the leftover pizza dough. I topped them with my homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, some cherries and blueberries, Zabaglione (a kind of egg yolk custard, no milk, a bit like sabayon), and flaked almonds. Delish!!
I used spelt bases for the kids, but if you’re gluten-free, don’t despair. Use my recipe for Gluten Free Pizza Bases, adding 1 Tbsp of rapadura or coconut sugar to the batter. Blend it well so that the seeds are blended in. You could also use an almond meal pizza base recipe if you want a grain-free, yeast-free option. Try this one, leaving out the rosemary and garlic; swap the olive oil for macadamia oil, and add 2 tsp coconut sugar per base. See suggestions in the recipe for a nut-free version.
These pizzas are best served hot, so if you don’t want to invite 20 hungry teenagers over for a party and your family won’t eat three in one go, try this:
– Make the dough and divide it into three portions; place the remaining dough in bags and refrigerate or freeze the dough for another day. (Dough can stay in the fridge for up to a week.)
– The chocolate spread will last in the fridge for a couple of weeks with no problem, as will the cherries if left in the juice in the jar. The blueberries can be frozen.
– Make Zabaglione with 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp maple syrup and 1/2 tsp vanilla, for 10 mins cooking time total.