We are studying the Five-Kingdom System in Science, which include the Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia kingdoms. Today we were going into the Fungi kingdom, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a class project that was not listed as an experiment or lab in their textbook.
What was our project?
I had the kids make homemade pizza. They made the dough from scratch:
Pizza Dough Recipe
1 Cup Warm Water
2 TBSP Oil
2 1/2 to 3 Cups flour
1 TBSP Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 1/2 tsp Yeast
Mix all ingredients well, and knead until it forms a nice sticky ball. Let rest for 5 minutes. Grease hands and baking sheet well. Spread dough out onto bottom of baking sheet. Spread on Sauce, Add Toppings and Cheese. Bake @ 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes Makes 1 large sheet sized pizza.
They (Joel especially) had fun watching the yeast, which is a single-cell fungus, start to work in the warm water.
Unfortunately, I am allergic to yeast, so I made my own version (which is just as good, IMO).
My crust is made out of a buckwheat flat bread, with a sauce consisting of roasted red bell peppers, onions, and carrots. It is topped with sheep’s milk cheese and deer meat.
On Wednesday, the kids have an experiment using yeast in another way. From reading ahead, it looks like this experiment is going to look and smell bad. 😦 Glad Tim’s going to be in charge of the experiments for the next several weeks. 😀