South Africa Pt. 1: Cooking With Kids & Pizza Bread Recipe

The main reason for my trip to Cape Town was to volunteer in a surf/swim outreach program with underprivileged kids from the local townships. In the mornings, we taught computer classes at a local school. Then, in the afternoons, we taught the kids how to swim so that they can eventually go to the beach and learn to surf with future volunteers. On our days off we got surf lessons and had time to site-see.

Being around these kids was an amazing experience and has left me wondering how soon I can go back to volunteer again. They were full of energy and helped me see a different perspective of their culture and lives.

Since it is currently fall in South Africa and their pools are not heated, we couldn’t always swim with the kids. On days that it was too cold to swim we would bring them into the nicer side of town to play sports or cook. Of course, I was excited on the days we couldn’t swim because I got to teach them how to cook!

One day the girls baked chocolate brownies. They were so excited and all wanted to help, which was awesome. They also got a kick out of how small I am and kept giggling because they were taller than me. =)

The boys on the other hand were not that interested in cooking, 12-year-old boys- big surprise, so I ended up basically making their pizza bread and giving it to them to eat.

Pizza bread is a fun snack to make if you are cooking with children. It is easy to make and doesn’t take too long. It is also a good appetizer for a party or sporting event if you don’t have kids to cook with! I also really like how the French bread curls up when it bakes, it makes it much easier and less messy to eat.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pizza Bread
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 6-8
  • 3 loaves French bread
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • toppings of your choice (pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.)
  • 6 cups cheddar cheese (mozzarella also works)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Slice each loaf in half to create two long slices.
  3. Spread sauce over each slice of bread.
  4. Top with your favorite pizza toppings.
  5. Cover each piece with cheese.
  6. Bake at 400F until cheese is melted and bread has folded together (about 5-10 minutes).


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22 Responses to South Africa Pt. 1: Cooking With Kids & Pizza Bread Recipe

  1. Christine says:

    Hi, that’s amazing! Too cool. I really like this post.

  2. What a great experience! The bread looks good too!

  3. Savour the Senses says:

    Aw thanks! I was a little unsure about how people would feel since I usually just stick to recipes. I am also posting about a few amazing Cape Town restaurants, so stay tuned! =)

  4. Jenny, I am always sooooo proud of you. It inspires me that that you’ve traveled so much in your life already, but expecically, this was an amazing thing for you to do, volunteering helping these kids! xoxo Aunt Janine

  5. Savour the Senses says:

    Thank you! I hope I can travel more before starting real life! 😉

  6. Jessica says:

    What a great experience! I love the pizza bread and I’m sure it tastes fantastic too.

  7. What a wonderful thing to do! Lucky you! :)

    The pizza bread sounds yummy good!

  8. Wonderful and simple idea here :) great post.

  9. What an amazing trip! That’s so awesome that you got to teach those kids how to cook. I’m sure they were happy to eat some pizza bread!

  10. Sandra says:

    Bless you Jenny for giving so much of yourself, and for sharing your Pizza Bread recipe.

  11. A parte la ricetta che è molto golosa, devo dire che ti ammiro per questo bellissimo lavoro.Sei brava… sei grande!!!
    Un bacione

  12. What an amazing trip! Isn’t amazing that you get so much more from giving than you give?!

  13. I’m sure all your readers will love hearing more about your trip – and there’s always food involved no matter where you are or what you do, so share that too!

  14. Savour the Senses says:

    So true!

  15. Savour the Senses says:

    La ringrazio molto! =)

  16. Apron Appeal says:

    I had totally forgot about pizza bread! I haven’t had it in YEARS. I get so into looking for something new that I forget I have something PERFECT in my my recipe card box.

  17. Deborah Dowd says:

    Clearly both you and the kids enjoyed your time there- what a great post and of course the food looks amazing too! Remind the 12 year old boys that a man who can cook can attract young women!

  18. Savour the Senses says:

    Yeah I really like how it curls up when you cook it.

  19. Savour the Senses says:

    I know! I think they were too interested in the car magazine at the time, haha.

  20. Kathryn says:

    That pizza bread looks delish! And I’m totally jealous that you are in South Africa- I’ve always wanted to go there.

  21. melissa says:

    What an amazing experience that must have been! I look forward to reading more about your experience there and the food:)

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