How to Make a Snowman Pizza

by Lexie Koestner

Here's the perfect recipe to make with kids after reading Lois Ehlert's Snowballs. Check out offtheshelf.typepad.com for more great storybook-based art activites and recipes.

Supplies

  • 1 Teaspoon Active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • ¾ Cups Water, 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 2 Cups White whole wheat flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Ricotta cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ Teaspoons Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Baby spinach
  • Baby carrots
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Place yeast in a medium bowl.

    Step 2

    Add warm water to yeast in bowl...

    Step 3

    ... and stir until yeast is dissolved.

    Step 4

    Add flour and salt to yeast mixture.

    Step 5

    Stir with a wooden spoon to form a shaggy dough.

    Step 6

    Pour out contents of bowl onto a clean work surface.

    Step 7

    Knead dough until very smooth, incorporating all loose flour from bowl, about 5 minutes. If dough feels very sticky, add a teaspoon (up to a few tablespoons) or so of flour and knead until smooth.

    Step 8

    Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a flour-sack towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm spot for about 1 1/2 hours...

    Step 9

    ...until dough has doubled. Refrigerate dough until ready to use.

    Step 10

    When you are ready to make the pizzas, turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Divide dough into four pieces, two big and two small.

    Step 11

    Roll each piece into a circle approximately 1/4 inch thick, and place on a large baking sheet, one large piece for each body and one small piece for each head. Brush each crust lightly with olive oil.

    Step 12

    Stir together ricotta and garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper.

    Step 13

    Spread ricotta thickly over each crust and top with mozzarella.

    Step 14

    Decorate! We used sliced mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, sliced carrots and leaves of baby spinach to make the features on our snowmen.

    Step 15

    Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 minutes. Slice and enjoy!