You’ve probably eaten pizza at restaurants, school, or delivered to your home hundreds of times—after all, pizza is the most popular food in America. But have you ever made your own, from scratch? You will with the lesson in our “Pizza Party!” Kitchen Academy kit—and when you’re finished, you can call yourself a pizzaiolo (if you’re a boy) or pizzaiola (if you’re a girl), which are the Italian words for someone who makes pizza.
Here are some teachable tips from this lesson:
What is in a yeast packet?
Yeast are tiny, one-celled fungi (and distant relatives of mushrooms). The kind of yeast you use in baking love to eat sugar and starch—and when they do, they burp out carbon dioxide gas, which creates bubbles and makes bread and other baked goods rise. The yeast in this lesson comes in a packet that contains millions of tiny yeast ready to wake up when they’re introduced to warm water and sugar.
How do you knead pizza dough?
Start by pushing it away from you with the palms of your hands, then fold the dough in half towards you, and push it away again. Turn the dough a quarter turn and repeat, just until the dough is smooth and springy.
For an in-depth taste exploration of the flavors in tomato sauce, watch this fun video to create the ultimate pizza sauce. Along the way, see how many funny faces you can spot as Bryce and Jane experiment with ingredients.
“Pizza Party“ takes you to Italy on a tour of the various pizza styles eaten throughout the region. Learn more about Italy’s vast regional cuisine and how it applies to children in that country—from breakfast to dinner—in Lesley Porcelli’s article “What Kids Eat Around the World: Italy.”