In our Cooking Club at Level Up Academy, seventh graders and up get to explore the ancient craft of baking through pizza pockets.
How to Make Dough
Gather supplies (yeast, sugar, warm water, flour, parchment paper and individual bowls). Have an individual bowl in front of participating students for mixing. Pour warm water into the bowl. Once warm water is added, measure 1 TBSP of yeast for each bowl. Pour 1 TBSP of yeast in each bowl. Loosely measure 1 TBSP of sugar and pour into bowl with warm water and yeast. Stir contents. Measure a cup of flour onto a flat surface. Use the measuring cup to create a circle in the center of the flour pile. Slowly add the contents of the bowl in cycles. Add water then kneed the water into the flour until it begins to form together. If it is too dry, add more contents from the bowl and roll in. If it is very sticky, add more dough and roll in. When you’re done, put your dough ball into another individual bowl with a piece of parchment paper over the dough. Place your bowl in a warm area and wait for it to grow. This may take up to 30 minutes.
Making the Pizza Pocket
Pull off parchment paper and spread dough into a circle. Have fun by tossing pizza dough in the air. Once in a circle, make sure the dough is as thick as you want the crust. About an inch to a half an inch is a fairly good size. Spread the base onto half of your circle. The base can be any sauce you want. We went with two: a spicy Italian sausage red sauce or a spicy hot-sauce base. Throw on desired condiments onto the saucy side of your dough. Once you have the insides of your pizza perfectly laid out, use water to make the outside of the circle wet. It will help better seal the insides when baking. Now, fold over the naked half on top of the condiment side. Use a fork to crush the crust for a cleaner closing. Spread olive oil on top of your pizza pocket to get nice, golden crust. It is optional to add extra seasonings on top. Place pizza pockets onto baking sheets with parchment paper. Bake in oven for 45-60 minutes, depending on how thick crust is, at 350 degrees. After baking, let cool and enjoy!