Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pizza Dough

This is my go-to pizza dough recipe. There's some wait time but the final product is DELICIOUS! My boyfriend and I love making this recipe and having a pizza night. We each get to make our own pizza with whatever toppings we like! This recipe makes enough dough for two medium pizzas that usually is two servings for each of us (unless we're REALLY hungry). Or you could make one large Calzone! This is a great recipe to make with family and friends for some fun in the kitchen!

Pizza Dough
Makes 2 medium pizza crusts (or 1 large) (about 4 servings)
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Wait time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 tsp sugar
Also 1/2 cup white flour for kneading process and 1 Tbsp olive oil to grease dough

1. Mix dry yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let rest until the yeast starts to 
foam, about 5 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl combine wheat and white flour.

3. Mix olive oil and salt into yeast mixture. Add half of the flour mixture to yeast mixture and stir. Add remaining flour mixture to yeast mixture and continue stirring until the dough starts to separate from the edge of the bowl (you'll probably need to use your hands at this point).

4. Sprinkle extra flour onto a large surface. Knead ball of dough on floured surface, adding flour to the surface as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the surface or your hands. Knead for about 5 minutes.

5. Set oven to warm. Grease glass baking pan and ball of dough with extra olive oil. Place dough in baking pan and cover with aluminum foil in a tent shape so there is room for the dough to rise. Place dough in oven and let rise for an hour.

6. Remove dough from oven and split into two parts (for medium sized pizzas). Knead the dough again on the floured surface for 5 minutes.

7. Roll out dough to desired thickness and fold over edges to make a crust. Top with your favorite pizza fixings and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Enjoy!

One package of dry yeast and sugar.

Mix yeast, sugar, and warm water (in a bigger bowl than this. I wasted a clean dish) and let it sit for 5 minutes.

The yeast will get all fluffy and frothy like this after 5 minutes!

Mix yeast mixture with olive oil and salt. I think the 2 tablespoons of olive oil is the key to keeping the final product nice and soft!

I like mixing white flour and wheat flour! I've done the recipe with all white but never with all wheat. From what I read online it seems that the texture changes too much if you use all wheat flour.

Stir half the flour mixture into the yeast mixture.

Stir in the rest of the flour! It will start to pull away from the edges of the bowl. Add another tablespoon of flour if the dough sticks to your fingers too much.

 Flour your counter top!

Now comes the fun part. Knead the dough on the floured counter top for about 5 minutes. You might need to add more water or flour a tablespoon at a time if the dough is crumbling ( add water) or sticking to your hands too much (add flour). *Shout out to my boyfriend for handling the camera while my hands were messy!

The dough will come together and be very elastic after about 5 minutes of kneading.

Done with round 1!

Grease baking pan and ball of dough so it is easy for the dough to rise and expand. Set your oven to warm and cover dough with a tent of aluminum foil. Place dough in the over and let rise for about an hour! It's definitely hard to be patient but you'll thank yourself later.

It expands quite a bit! Separate the dough into two equal parts. Dough balls this size make medium pizzas, enough for two meals each if you're a little hungry and one meal if you're super hungry!

Roll out (or just use your hands) the dough out until it reaches your desired thickness. Personally I'm a thick crust kind of girl.

Fold the edges over and press to make the crust.

Add your favorite pizza toppings! Here I went with spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, oregano, basil, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and Parmesan cheese. I love adding bell peppers and onions and black olives too!  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

It puffs up quite nicely. Sometimes I like to sprinkle parmesan cheese directly onto the crust. It kind of turns your crust into bread sticks! This homemade dough is definitely worth the wait time to make it!


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