Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe from pizzatherapy.com

Making pizza can be an event enjoyed by one person or shared by a group of people. I have made "pizza for two" as well as given hands-on pizza demonstrations for over 70 pizza fanatics! Making pizza is FUN! Get people involved in your pizza adventure and magic will happen.

ToolsTo make your pizza you need mixing bowls, a measuring cup, measuring spoons, a rolling pin (optional), a pizza pan or cookie sheet and a cooking thermometer.

If you want to cook incredible pizza you may want to invest in a pizza peel and a cooking stone. The peel, a kind of paddle is used to transport the pizza from the counter to the oven and back.

Investing in a cooking stone will help you in your quest for the perfect pizza. The pizza stone will allow you to cook your pizza quickly and completely.

Ingredients for the Easy Dough Pizza Dough Recipe
(Makes 2 or 4 Pizzas!)

Use this recipe if you will be making your pizza the same day.

1 Packages yeast (1-2 teaspoons of yeast or less)

2 teaspoons of sugar

4 cups of flour (Can be All purpose or Bread Flour. I recommend Caputo or King's Arthur flour.)

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1/4 cup olive oil

· 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water


1. Put yeast in a cup. Add sugar and 1/2 cup of water. The water should be between 100°and 110°F (37°C- 43°C .) degrees. Mix well. Wait about 5 minutes for the yeast and sugar to activate.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the olive oil, flour, salt, 1 cup of warm water and the yeast mixture. Mix this with a fork to get all the liquid absorbed by the flour.

3. Place a handful of flour on a mixing surface. Dust your hands and spread out the flour. Empty the contents of the bowl on to the flour.

4. Knead the dough vigorously for 6-8 minutes or until the texture is smooth and uniform. If the dough seems a little sticky, add a little more flour.

5. Place dough in bowl. Drizzle dough with olive oil. cover with cloth or plastic wrap.

Allow the dough to rest for an hour to 1 and 1/2 hour. Punch down and and wit another hour.

Cold Ferment Alternative Dough

A better alternative to this recipe is to make your pizza dough the day before and use a cold ferment. Using the cold ferment method, you make your dough the day before and allow it to proof in the fridge overnight.

All ingredients are combined and mixed as above. It is not necessary to use warm water.

You can also omit sugar if using this method. Place dough in a plastic bag and drizzle with olive oil.

Take the dough out of the fridge and allow to warm to room temperature. About 1 to 1/2 hour.

Making pizza

If using a pizza stone, make sure you place it in the oven before you turn on your oven. When ready to make pizza, pre-heat your oven to 500 F for at least an hour. Longer if using a pizza stone. It is essential that you oven be very hot and per-heated before you cook your pizza.

Divide dough into 2 or 4 equal parts and roll into a ball.

Using your fingers or the rolling pin, roll out flat.

Top your pizza with your favorite pizza toppings. Use fresh ingredients. Place some crushed stewed tomatoes or sauce on dough. Use your favorite cheese, vegetables, and meats. Use your imagination.

When making pizza less is more. Do not over crowd your pizza. Allow the taste of the dough to shine through. use restraint when topping your pizza.

Cook pizza in 500 F degree oven for 8-10 minutes until bottom has started to brown

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