Recipe: Homemade Pizza Dough

Thursday, April 11, 2013

homemade pizza dough recipe

I don't know about you, but pizza is a staple around our house. Nothing else goes better with a movie than fresh pizza straight from the oven. We pull out the picnic blanket to cover the rug and drag over a small table for the chickadees to eat right in the middle of the living room. they think it's such a special treat to have dinner and a movie at the same time.

To me, there is nothing better than a well made pizza with fresh ingredients. I prefer my pizza homemade from scratch - which sounds difficult but really couldn't be easier. Most of the stuff I have on hand anyway, so the only required ingredient is time. And believe me, it's well worth it. Once you've tried homemade pizza crust, you'll never dial up for a $5 Domino's special again.

Pizza Dough
1 Pkg Active Dry Yeast
1 t Sugar
1 C Warm Water (not hot, just warm)
1T Kosher Sale
2T Olive Oil
3 C Flour, plus more for dusting

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the year, sugar and warm water; stir gently to dissolve. Let mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam - about 5-10 minutes.

Turn the mixer on low and add the salt and olive oil. Add the flour, a little at a time, mixing at low speed until the flour is completely incorporated. When the dough starts to come together, increase the sped to medium. Get a feel for the dough by squeezing a small amount together - if it's crumbly, add more water; if it's sticky add more flour (1 tablespoon at a time). Mix until the dough gathers into a ball (about 5 minutes).

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it's smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a round and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm spot. Let it rise about 1 hour.
After the dough has risen to double its size, roll it out into a cylinder and divide in half. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Once it has rested, roll it out into a circle. Then it's ready for ingredients! 

You could say, easy as pie… pizza pie that is.

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