Pizza is one of those tasty things that our family just can't live without and I find that the dough used can really make or break what could be a delicious pizza. I've been making my pizza dough using this method for a while now and it works out perfectly for us. This pizza dough becomes golden crisp on the outside and perfectly soft and fluffy on the inside.
The method is quite simple really. It's basically a matter of raising the yeast in the bowl of the mixer along with the sugar and wet ingredients and then gradually mixing in the dry ingredients about a half a cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides. That's it in a nutshell – the full recipe is at the bottom of the post.
To make next times pizza quicker to put together the recipe makes enough for two 12″ -14″ pizzas. The remaining half of the dough that I don't use I put into a medium sized freezer bag and store it in the freezer until the next time.
I find this a very convenient way of having dough ready for the next pizza since all I have to do is take it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Once it's thawed I just roll it out and place in on the pan and let it rise for a bit before dressing it with toppings.
- 4 tsp quick rise yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 tsp sugar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5 2/3 cups flour
- 2 tsp salt
- a sprinkling of cornmeal
- In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir together the yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let rise for about 5-10 min until foamy.
- Combine four and salt in a separate bowl using a whisk – or you can use a sifter if you like.
- Stir in the olive oil, then turn the mixer on low and gradually add in the flour and salt mixture, about 1/2 a cup at a time.
- Turn mixer up to medium and knead the dough until it comes together and forms a soft ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Temporarily remove the dough and spray the sides of the bowl with cooking spray. Replace the dough and spray the top.
- Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise 1 1/2 hours in a warm place.
- Once the dough has doubled in size punch it down. Remove from the bowl and let it rest for about 10 min.
- Turn dough out gently onto a floured surface and divide the it in half using a knife of a pastry cutter.
- If you're using just one of the doughs, put one in a freezer bag and put in fridge or freezer until needed.
- Roll out the dough roughly into the shape of a circle the size of the pan.
- Carefully place the dough on a pizza pan which has been greased and sprinkled with a bit of cornmeal.
- You can let this rise for a little while if you like a nice thick crust or you can use it sooner.
- Before putting your toppings on take a fork and poke holes in the dough all over the surface to prevent any big air bubbles in the dough from forming.
- Top with desired toppings and bake in a 450 oven for around 20 minutes or until crust is firm and golden and center of pizza is cooked through.
- Category: Baking