Sunday, January 6, 2013

Two for the Dough

How to make your own pizza dough
Friday night is Pizza night in our house and one of my new year's resolutions is to get back to homemade and only occasionally have "Papa in the House" (though they do deliver!).  We love homemade pizza and now that I have perfected the dough, I want to share that with you.  It is really easy with just a few ingredients and you can be creative with your toppings.

While you can use regular flour, it is really well worth trying to find the flour above (if you live in my town you can get it at Zzest - it runs about $4 a bag).  The deal with 00 flour is it has a super smooth texture and has great elasticity.  Another great benefit is the baked crunchy outer edge (more on that when we make the pizza!)

I usually start my dough about 1 1/2 hours before I want to start baking.  First thing I do is attach the dough hook on my mixer, fill my mixing bowl with hot water and then empty (I like to think it is best to start in a warm bowl)


Next add 1 cup of warm water - not hot.


Next add 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast


Next 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar


Mix and let the above sit until the yeast proofs (meaning gets a bit foamy - when this happens the yeast is indeed active)

Next add 1 tablespoon of salt (I use sea salt-not pictured); then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil


Mix and then start adding the flour on the lowest setting of the mixer.  I start with a half cup at a time.


It can vary on how much flour you will need.  The idea is to put enough in so the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and feels tacky to touch (not so sticky that it comes off on your fingers)... between 2 1/2 and 3 cups.  Once the dough is the consistency I want, I keep kneading in my mixer on the #2 setting for one minute. (Just be sure to not let the dough feel dry... so add the last of the flour slowly)


I turn the dough onto a floured board and knead about 10 times into a smooth ball



Place in a bowl that has about 1 tablespoon of olive in it, flip and cover with plastic wrap.




I heat up my oven for one minute on warm - turn it off and then place the bowl in it. The dough takes about one hour to rise.... This recipe makes 2 round pizzas.

Came back later and we will continue on how to make the pizza! 

8 comments:

  1. Definitely going to share this link with my recipe exchange group on FB Deb. Do you keep the plastic wrap on when you place in the 1 minute warm oven? (after turned off of course).

    "Just Me"

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  2. We love homemade pizza at our home. I'll have to look for this flour, thanks for the tip.

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  3. Hi Deb,
    I always make my own Pizza dough and can't wait to try your awesome recipe. Your photos are outstanding! Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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  4. Wonderful instructions... thanks so much for sharing your pizza dough on foodie friday.

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  5. I can't wait to try this! We have been searching for a good pizza dough recipe!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  6. We try to do a homemade pizza night about once a week here too. I have a tried & true bread maker pizza dough recipe I make that my family loves!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Marvelous Mondays! :)

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  7. There is nothing better than the perfect pizza crust. Once I got my bread machine,perfect crust has been achieved! It's unreal how good it really is. Now my big issue is making sauce. I just don't do it right and. Hate buying canned sauce!

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  8. I love making my own Pizza dough. It's so good and cheaper than buying it.
    Thanks so much for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. Please stop by tonight and link up again!

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