Handmade Pizza Dough

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Handmade Pizza Dough

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Ingredients

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3 cups White bread flour
250 ml (1 cup) Warm Water Warm water (120° to 130°F)
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Semolina for dusting
Yeast mixture
2 1/2 tsp Fleischmann's Quick Rise Yeast
Features:
  • Baked
  • Vegetarian
Cuisine:

My go to pizza dough recipe!!

  • 80 minutes
  • Serves 8
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Yeast mixture

Directions

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In our house we have a weeknight tradition and that is making pizza. There’s something wonderful about making pizza at home, its personal and fun. 

Believe it or not, there once was a day where people did not have stand up mixers and they used their HANDS to knead pizza dough. YES it’s true, and here is my all time favorite recipe for handmade pizza dough which rises perfectly every time. 

There are two methods to having this crust, you can make it thick or thin and I’ll teach you both methods below.

It took me some time to perfect this dough, so this recipe comes from lots and lots of trial and error. I learned that pizza dough is best made with “BREAD FLOUR” because bread flour has a higher protein content compared to all purpose flour. So when it’s combined with water, the protein forms gluten in the dough which makes it lighter. Also it’s very important to have fresh yeast, so if it doesn’t foam/bubble roughly 15 minutes after its mixed with the warm water, then it most likely not good.

Once the dough has risen you have two options for shaping the crust. You can use a rolling pin to flatten it out or you can lift it and stretch it out like they do in the pro pizza shops allowing gravity to do the work. The method is completely up to you.

pizza dough

It has RISEN 🙂

 

 

Note: Prior to baking make sure to brush the edges with a little olive oil, this will make the edges more Golden. Also make sure the water is warm, using cold with make the yeast inactive and to hot will ruin it. Cook the  pizza on a pan to ensure even cooking, if you don’t have a pan place your pizza on the bottom rack. You can use a stand up mixer if you would like, just add all the ingredients into the mixture then pour your yeast/warm water over top.

 

Freezing: If you are doubling the recipe to freeze some dough for another time, just make sure you are planning to use within one month otherwise its not as good. Start by placing each pizza dough ball once its has risen, into a plastic ziplock freezer bag. Then place onto a flat metal sheet into the freezer allow it to freeze solid. ONCE frozen you can remove the sheet and let it freeze till your ready to use. Defrost on the shelf before using the next time.

 


 

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Steps

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To make the Pizza Dough: Start by making your dough 1 hour ahead of time

We use Fleischmann's Pizza Crust OR Rapid Rise Yeast. Pizza Crust Yeast contains dough relaxers which make rolling or patting out the dough easier. In a large bowl combine, 3 cups of bread flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. SLOWLY pour warm water and olive oil into the center of the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon till blended, but still clumpy. You may need to add more water or flour depending on the texture, see picture as a guide.

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SLOWLY pour warm water and olive oil into the center of the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon till blended, but still clumpy. You may need to add more water or flour depending on the texture, see picture as a guide.
Next, knead on lightly floured surface with your hands until smooth for 5 minutes.
You should have a nice round ball shaped, cover the top of the dough ball with olive oil.
Place a warm tea towel of top and allow it to rise for 60 minutes or till it has doubled in size.

3
Done

It has RISEN :)

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Done

Shaping the crust:

Take your risen dough and lift it up like the pro's do in the pizza shops and in a circular motion, let gravity stretch it out from side to side. Once you got the size your looking for place it on the seasoned pizza pan, and start to press the edges with your finger to form your crust. Or you can use a rolling pin if you feel that will help you to spread it out more prior to forming the crust, this is my prefered method.

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Done

Baking your Crust Properly:

Dust your pizza pan with Semolina or lightly coat with olive oil.  Then spread out the dough as much as possible on a solid surface and then SHAPE the crust before lifting onto the pan (this makes for a more fluffy thick crust). OR use a rolling pin and roll out the dough on a floured surface, then lift and allow the dough to stretch, kind of like they do in the restaurants. This makes for a more thinner crusted pizza. Now your ready to top with ingredients of choice.

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Done

Heat your oven to 400 degrees and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, till it looks done. The time will depend on the thickness of the dough and your oven.

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