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Homemade Pizza - Have it Your Way!

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Kids definitely do love pizza!  When I was a kid, there were not as many pizza places as there are now.  There were mostly small Mom & Pop pizza parlors or the local bowling alley.  My Mom would bring home Alex's pizza for dinner maybe once a month and it was a treat.  There were no square cardboard boxes, they used these hard paper plates, one for the bottom and one for the top - it kind of looked like those individual serving covers room service at hotels use.  There was only one size and a limited number of toppings - but it was always delicious! 

Try making a homemade pizza from scratch at home one night and see what combination of toppings you can use from your fridge.

Hape Toys Homemade Pizza



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 package quick ride yeast
  • 2 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 3/4 lb mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • mix 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a bowl
  • add warm water ( 115-125 degrees Fahrenheit) and 2 Tbsp olive oil to flour mixture and stir until a dough ball forms
  • use 1/2 cup of flour to dust a work surface
  • knead dough until no longer sticky and is smooth - about 10 minutes
  • grease the inside of a bowl with 1 tsp olive oil, put dough ball inside and cover bowl with plastic wrap
  • put in a warm spot and let dough rise until it has doubled in size - about 45 minutes
  • preheat over to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  • slice tomatoes and grate mozzarella cheese
  • put one half of the dough ball on to floured surface again and shape into a 9" x 13" rectangle
  • put on a foil lined baking sheet
  • drizzle the pizza crust with 1 Tbsp olive oil, arrange half of the tomato slices on top and then sprinkle with half of the cheese
  • you can add additional toppings of your choice
  • bake the pizza on lowest rack in oven until the crust is browned and cheese is bubbling - about 20 minutes
  • make the other pizza while this one is baking
  • enjoy!

Check out our pizza play food sets - a wooden set by Hape Toys and a recycled plastic set by Green Toys.

Green Toys Pizza Parlor

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