Panama City Kids Cooking Classes Offer Easy Recipes For Pizza, Cookies

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PANAMA CITY – Introducing older kids to the kitchen by helping them create pizza and cookie recipes everyone will love is a great way to get them interested in cooking – and usually leads to more adventurous eaters.

Somethin’s Cookin’, 93 E. 11th St., hosts regular cooking classes for kids ages 7 to 14, with owner Hannelore Holland. On March 20, his class presented the return of Ted and Lynn’s popular Little Calzone pizza recipe, created by his son, Ted, and his best friend, Lynn McArthur, 35 years ago when they were children.

Phoenix finishes topping her pizza before it goes into the oven during the March 20 cooking class.

And last Saturday, Ted’s wife, Beth Holland, joined the class to demonstrate her easy recipe for great chocolate chip cookies.

Beth Holland teaches kids how to make her chocolate chip cookie recipe March 20 during a Just for Kids cooking class at Somethin's Cookin' in Panama City.  Kids will have another chance to try the recipe during the April 24 cooking class;  reservations required.

Both pizza and cookie recipes will be featured again in the April 24 Just for Kids cooking class. Reservations are required by calling 850-769-8979. For more information visit www.somethinscookin.com/kids-cooking-classes.htm.

Children create their own pizzas, now ready to go in the oven, March 20 during the Just for Kids cooking class at Somethin's Cookin' in Panama City.  The next course featuring pizza and chocolate chip cookies is scheduled for April 24;  reservations required by calling 850-769-8979.

TED AND LYNN’S LITTLE CALZONE PIZZAS

Pizza dough: 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, a pinch of sugar, 1 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp oil (plus more for brushing), Italian seasoning, pesto (optional)

italian seasoning

Olive oil mixed with pesto

1 cup tomato sauce

1 cup mozzarella or white cheddar cheese

Parmesan cheese

Optional garnishes: Pepperoni, mushrooms

To make the pizza dough: Take 2 cups of flour and mix with 1 cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of yeast and a pinch of sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix everything together and add a little Italian seasoning; let dough rise until doubled, about 20 to 30 minutes. Now divide into four or six small pizzas, depending on the size of your pizza. Brush with olive oil and pesto paste.

Top with tomato sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice. If you wish, fall back for a calzone; brush again with olive oil and pesto. Bake at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

Make Ahead: You pre-bake your crust ahead of time, after brushing it with the olive oil mixture, in a 425-degree oven for seven minutes. Now cool; make your filling and bake whenever desired in a 375 degree oven for another seven to eight minutes.

After enjoying his pizza, Grayson prepares to eat chocolate chip cookies.

CAKES WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS

2 1/4 cups bread flour

1 tablespoon of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

2 eggs

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat eggs and vanilla sugar until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into butter mixture. Add chocolate pieces. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden in a preheated oven. Cool; remove to a wire rack.

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