Pizza Dough

DSC_1841 I’m a fan of pizza but not one of those eat it all the time kind of fans.  Once a month or so would be enough for me.  Living in the apartment has a few advantages, like being within walking distance of most any kind of restaurant you could ever want.  The pizza place that we order from is literally 5 minutes from my door to their door.  They have tasty pizzas, but those pizzas come with a hefty price tag if you ask me.  The last time I ordered a large pizza with three toppings it was a little over $27. Pizza dough is actually quite simple to make, but you do have to plan ahead.  From start to baking is roughly two hours, but to me it’s totally worth the time.

For the Recipe:

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. yeast

1 1/2 c. warm water

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. olive oil

4-6 c. flour

In the bowl of a stand mixer add the sugar, yeast and 1/2 c. of the warm water (warm to the touch, but not hot).  Let it sit for about 5 minutes, it should start getting all bubbly and happy.  If it doesn’t you will want to start over.  Attach the dough hook, then add the salt and olive oil.  Turn the mixer on and slowly add the flour.  Once you get all the flour in add the water, slowly.  Taking breaks every 1/4 c. of water.  You might not need the whole remaining cup, or you might need a little more.  Once the dough forms a smooth ball that pulls away from the bowl, leaving it “clean” it’s ready to be transferred to another bowl.  Drizzle about 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a bowl, then place the dough in, turn once so top and bottom have a layer of oil.  Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm area until it doubles in size.  This usually take about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.  Now you are ready to roll out the dough and make some pizza.  This makes two pizzas, so when you go to roll divide it into two balls.  Roll to your desired thickness, but remember, it will rise a bit more so make sure you roll it thinner than you want the end crust to be. I like to bake my pizza on a pizza stone that has been heated in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes.  When I add the pizza I lower the heat to 400 and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted, around 10-15 minutes.



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