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A huge part of the fun of gardening is eating food that you have grown yourself!
When you have taken a seed, followed the instructions on the packet, taken time to water and care for the plant, then been excited when the fruit started to appear, it is a really lovely moment when you finally get to pick it! All your hard work has paid off.

Even if you haven't grown your own vegetables, Pizza Faces are great fun to make and a great opportunity to get creative.

For this project we are using tomatoes, peppers and basil as these are what we have been growing this year but you can come up with a wide range of topping ideas to create your own tasty design!
Mushrooms, sweetcorn, peas, meats, herbs, spices, pineapple, olives.....

You can buy pizza bases from the supermarket, or use a wrap as the base for your pizza. Alternatively you can make your own dough. This is quite simple and doesn't require a lot of ingredients, but takes a bit of time.

The Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • Pizza base or tortilla wrap
  • Handful of grated cheese
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 handful of basil ripped into approx 1cm peices (1/2 tsp dried basil will also work.)
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: sliced tomatoes, peppers, olives, spinach, ham, mushrooms, small pieces of chicken, etc.

Method

  1. First make the sauce by adding the tin of tomatoes, crushed garlic, handful of torn basil, honey, and salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well. Then set aside for all of the flavours to combine.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200c/400F/Gas 6/Fan 180.
  3. Prepare your chosen toppings. Some may be sliced, torn or cubed to the desired shape and size.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the tomato sauce over the surface of your chosen pizza base.
  5. Grate some cheese and sprinkle over the top of the sauce layer
  6. Add your toppings. You can create all kinds of unique faces and patterns. Have a go... and get creative!
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 8 - 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the toppings are slightly golden.

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