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Grandchildren join in to create their own pizzas

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You may wonder what I have been doing since my last column.  I can honestly tell you…everything. I’ve taken up knitting again, which I probably haven’t done for more than 30 years. It really helps with the evening snacking issue, too. Who wants to get their hands all gooey with something sweet and knit at the same time? Me!

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Our son graced us with a spontaneous visit, along with his four children, ages 2-12.  They stayed three nights and what a time we had. I did my grandmotherly thing by letting them help me make cookies. I put aprons on them, got the stools close to the counter and off we went. We all were messy, but who cares, it cleans up easily.

I have had this recipe in a previous column, and here it is again:

Lemon Cookies

1 box lemon cake mix

1 (8-ounce ) carton regular Cool Whip

1 egg

Confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip in mixing bowl. With electric mixer, beat ingredients together about 2-3 minutes.  Dough will be gooey, so you can either spray your hands with Pam or dust them with confectioner’s sugar. Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball, roll into confectioners’ sugar; place on cookie sheet, placing cookies about 1-inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-9 minutes.  Make sure the cookie is lightly brown on the bottom and yellow on the top. This makes about 3 dozen and they are so yummy. Try any flavor cake mix this way, they all work the same.

My grandchildren are very picky eaters and when they are at my house, there is only one way to solve that problem, Let them make something they will eat. So we made pizza. I made the dough early in the day, put the tomato sauce together with some Italian seasoning, cut up all the veggies and cooked some turkey sausage. Then I placed the various toppings, cheeses, etcetera into small bowls. When it came time to prepare the pizza, I placed my granddaughters at the counter  — hands washed first, of course — with the bowls of toppings in the center of the counter between them.

Each girl got a wad of dough and rolled and patted it to the size they wanted. Next they put on the sauce, and went to town on the various toppings, and they were very specific about where the cheese went. Hunter, the oldest was next, and of course, he did fantastic. Our 2 year old, Maddox, was sleeping, so I made his. Everyone of the children ate all of their pizza and loved it.

I give you an easy recipe:

Basic Pizza Dough

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 cup warm water (108°F)

2 Tbsp. sugar

2 packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup olive oil

Cornmeal for sheet pan

Combine flour and salt in bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. Combine the warm water and sugar in a liquid measuring cup.

Sprinkle the yeast over warm water; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Pour water and oil into food processor and process until mixture becomes a ball. Remove dough; knead until smooth on lightly floured surface.

Place in an oiled bowl; cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.

Punch dough down; let rise for another 45 minutes. Then divided dough into 6 equal pieces; roll on floured surface into 6-inch pieces. Sprinkle sheet pans with cornmeal, place floured dough on pan, then spread on your favorite toppings. Bake at 500 degrees until pizza is golden and bubbly, 7-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Lonnie Sundermeyer is a retired professional caterer residing in Ghent, Ky.