NATIONAL PIZZA DAY 9th February

9 February 2018

HISTORY

Pizza originates in Ancient Greece where flat breads were topped with vegetables. It was served in Italy as just flat breat with nothing on top and called Pita.

It wasn't until the 18th century that pizza was taken on commercially in Italy.

Queen Margherita saw peasants eating the flat breads in 1889 and got her chef to prepare it for her and the toppings were in the colours of the Italian flag (red, white and green) using tomatoes, mozzerella cheese and basil.

The Marghertita pizza is the most popular in Italy and Naples is most famous for it.

In WW1 American soldiers in Italy discovered pizza and by WW2 it was spreading worldwide.

FUN FACTS

There are over 5 billion pizzas sold per year worldwide.

The most popular pizza has a thin crust.

You will never find ham and pineapple pizza in Italy as it is not considered a propper pizza topping.

EASY RECIPE

Here is an easy recipe you can try at school or at home;

250g Plain flour

1 tsp dried yeast

pinch of salt

300ml warm water

1 tbsp olive oil

Passata

Mozzerella

Basil leaves

any other toppings you like

Whisk together the yeast, salt and flour till well combined.

Add the water mixed with the oil

Knead into a ball and place in oiled bowl covered with tea towel for 15 minutes

Heat oven to 200C

Roll out dough into a circle and place on an oven tray

Top with passata, mozzerella and ham etc

Bake for 15 minutes

Add fresh basil leaves

Enjoy!

 

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