Gals and guys – do it from the heart. Make a heart-shaped pizza for your sweetie (or even for your kids). It's easy, it's fun, and you'll be appreciated for the extra effort you put into it. It's a big hit for Valentine's Day and a small amount of effort will go a long way. Here's what to do.
Make or purchase pizza dough. If purchasing it, follow the instructions accompanying the dough for mixing it. Usually dough that comes in a box will tell you to place the flour mixture into a bowl, put in the right amount of warm water, stir, cover, and set aside for a short amount of time. If making it from scratch, read How to make pizza dough.
In addition, obtain pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and any toppings you'd like.
Knead the dough. Follow the instructions on the packet or in the recipe as to length of kneading time. Toss it if you know how; this can be part of the romance!
Create the heart shape. Once you've kneaded it to a smooth consistency, here's where your fabulous unique imagination will come into play to mold this dough into a beautiful heart.
Roll out the pizza to form a circle.
Pinch in the dough at one place to draw it down into the distinct heart shape, with two rounded edges and a dip. Alternatively, use a sharp knife to cut the angle into the dough and remove the dough piece.
Shape the base to appear pointed, for the end of the heart.
Spread on the pizza sauce.
This is easiest to do with the back of a large spoon.
Add your favorite toppings. It's really up to you what toppings you add; be sure to add toppings that the person for whom this is intended will like. Some ideas include:
Place in the oven at the temperature suggested by the recipe suitable for your dough and chosen toppings, usually around 160ºC or 320ºF degrees for 15 to 25 minutes. Keep an eye on it, don't let it burn.
Remove it from the oven when baked. Hold it up and take a picture of it because the next thing that will happen is that it gets eaten.
Present it to your favorite person. Eat, laugh, be happy.
If it's for your kids, let them help make this; they'll love the idea of changing the shape of the pizza to a heart.
Always use oven mittens or similar heat resistant items to handle hot foods in and from the oven.