This recipe is a hands-on exploration of baking. Kids will have fun kneading the dough and finishing this delicious Italian bread with parmesan and sea salt. Once you get the hang of it, try adapting this versatile Italian bread recipe with other flavors such as fresh rosemary, caramelized onions, orange, tomatoes, olives or garlic. This recipe comes to us from Maree Mortimer of Three Foot Cooks.
Adult: Prepare a rimmed baking tray with a light layer of cooking oil or nonstick cooking spray. Prepare a cutting board with a little flour. Set aside while you make the batter.
Together: Sift the flour and table salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the yeast and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, reserving the last tablespoon. Make a well in the center of the dough and pour in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil along with 1 cup warm water. Mix the ingredients together until they become the consistency of soft dough. Turn the dough on the floured cutting board and knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough takes on a smooth, elastic consistency.
Kid: Press the dough onto the prepared baking sheet using your hands.
Adult: Cover the dough with a layer of parchment paper or oiled plastic wrap to prevent sticking. Let rest in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Kid: Press your fingers to make indents in the risen dough. Top with the reserved parmesan and sea salt. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon olive oil.
Adult: Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!