Elmo’s Pizza Party

This recipe is from Sesame Street’s new cookbook, “B is for Baking” !

Preparation time: 20 minutes • Dough rising time: 1 hour • Baking time: 12 minutes
Makes 8 servings (2 pies; 16 small slices)

Pizza dough is a yeast dough, but essentially a flatbread, so rising is OK if you have time, but is not necessary. Try your favorite veggie, meat, and cheese toppings.


• 1 cup lukewarm water (95-105°F)
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 envelope (2 1?2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
• 2 1?2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
• 1?2 cup whole-wheat flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• Yellow cornmeal

• 2 cups shredded, part-skim mozzarella
• 4 large, ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1?2 cup chopped fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley

• Measuring cups
• Measuring spoons
• Glass measuring cup (1-cup)
• Food processor or large bowl
• Wooden spoon for stirring dough (optional)
• Pizza pans (two 12-inch)
• Cooling rack

In a 1-cup glass measuring cup, combine the water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over mixture and let stand 5 minutes, or until frothy. Stir and let stand 5 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, in a food processor or large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, and salt. Whirl or stir until mixed. Stir the oil into the dissolved yeast mixture. In the food processor, with motor running, add liquid mixture through the feed tube and process until mixture comes together into a slightly wet and sticky mass. Or in the bowl, make a well in the flour mixture, add liquid mixture, and stir to combine until a soft dough forms.

With the help of an adult, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. Divide dough into two flattened rounds of equal size. Let dough rest for at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour. Or, if you want dough to rise, transfer to a clean, greased bowl, turning dough to grease all over. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 45 minutes. Punch the dough down, cover, and let rise 30 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Sprinkle cornmeal on two 12-inch pizza pans. With the help of an adult, roll or press each round of dough out to a 12-inch round and transfer to pan.

Pre-bake each pie crust for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer the crust from the hot pan to a work surface to cool slightly. Leave the oven on.

Sprinkle one-quarter of the mozzarella cheese evenly over each crust. Layer the tomatoes over the cheese. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan and remaining mozzarella cheese. With the help of an adult, place the pizzas back on the pizza pans.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until topping is heated through and the edge of the crust is browned. Transfer to cooling rack. Sprinkle with basil and let stand 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

This recipe is from Sesame Street’s new cookbook, “B is for Baking” !

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