Pizza Dough

Pizza dough has to be one of the most difficult breads to master. I know I struggled with them for a really long time. But making your own pizza dough opens up so many doors when it comes to creating your own pizzas at home. For instance, you can create dessert pizzas, grill the pizza bread, or even invest in a pizza baking stone for your oven to make a super crispy crust. You can make really thin crust, thick pan pizza crust, or get really adventurous and make a deep dish pizza.

Pizza is just one of those meals that are so versatile, and learning to make your own creates so many more options. Once you’ve mastered the dough, you’re pizza options will be limitless. Good luck, and enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 packets of active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups warm water
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. You want the water to be between 106 and 115 degrees for best results. Stir the water well, and let it sit for about 8-10 minutes. It should be foamy, and if it’s not, something is wrong, and you need to try again.

Then, in a mixer, combine the yeast water, flour, salt, and olive oil. Use your single spiral mixer attachment for best results. Some hand mixers also have this attachment, but don’t try to use beaters. If you don’t have a mixer, you’ll have to do it by hand. It will be a bit of work, but be patient. Let the mixer run for about ten minutes. The dough should be completely incorporated, and it shouldn’t be sticking to the sides. If your dough is sticking, add a bit more flour. If there is still flour visible, add a few tablespoons of water, and continue to mix.

Once mixed properly, pull it out, and knead it for another two to three minutes with your hands. Then, place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a damp cloth. Allow it to rise for about 30 minutes. I like to place mine next to my preheating oven so make sure that it’s in a warm enough environment.

Then, pull out your dough and cut it into two pieces. Roll it out a bit, then let it rest for another ten minutes. Be sure that you cover it with a damp cloth.

Use a rolling pin to roll your dough out to the desired thickness. Add your toppings, and put it into a 450 degree oven for about ten minutes. The crust should be nice and brown.

Cut into slices, and eat up!

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