I used sparkling water just because I ran out of bottled water and I'm not a fan of tap. Give this a try. The optional ingredients can be skipped or changed to which spices you enjoy for a little something extra. Of course you would use the garlic for savory pies and cinnamon for dessert or curry type pies. But if using real garlic and not powdered do add after rising. Because garlic does kill yeast. I have made the dough with powdered garlic with no problems. Pizza is a great way to get your children into cooking.