375 ml cake flour plus extra for dusting, sifted
7 ml dried yeast
15 ml (3 tablespoons) white sugar
5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
15 ml (1 tablespoon) olive oil
125 ml (¼ cup) warm water
60 ml (4 tablespoons) tomato sauce
1 chicken breast fillet, cooked and cubed
180 ml mozzarella cheese, grated
125 ml (¼ cup) Cheddar cheese, grated
15 ml (1 tablespoon) fresh parsley, chopped
Wooden skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
To make the pizza dough: Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add small amounts of water at a time. Mix to form the dough. Transfer the dough onto a dusted working surface. Knead until smooth. This will take about 15 minutes.
Place the kneaded dough into a lightly greased large bowl to proof. Cover with clingfilm. Proof for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Now ‘knock down’ the dough. Proof for a further 30 minutes before rolling out the dough, once again on a slightly dusted surface. Ensure that your rolling pin is slightly dusted with flour too.
To add the toppings and make the pizza: Preheat the oven to 200° C. Roll the dough on a floured surface. Ensure that you don’t roll it too thinly. Using the back of a spoon or a spatula, smear the tomato sauce on the surface of the dough. Cover the entire surface. Sprinkle with the cooked chicken fillet cubes, grated cheese and parsley. Roll into a sausage roll or Swiss roll shape. Using a sharp knife, divide and cut the roll into smaller rolls of 5 cm thickness each.
Place the mini-rolls on a floured baking tray. Push the skewers through each pizza pop or mini-roll. Place the desired number of pizza pops on each skewer. Bake for your preheated oven about 10 − 12 minutes until cooked. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Pack the cooled, skewered pizza pops in a lunchbox.
This is a great recipe when you have your children’s friends over or even for a kiddies’ party. The beauty of this recipe is that a little effort goes a long way to pleasing the tummies of little ones.
The best part about this recipe is that you can double the quantities, should you want to make twice as many fun pizza pops. The potential for different toppings is also, of course, easy to get right. Substitute chicken with pepperoni. There are many variations and your imagination will lead to a host of original topping ideas as well!