Presenter:  Becky

Introduction:

I shared my pizza making tips on the blog a few months ago, and for some reason never got around to actually sharing the fool proof pizza dough recipe itself! This is my dad’s recipe and it is one of those family recipes that wasn’t really a recipe until I sat with him one day and wrote down everything he did! Those are the best kind of recipes, in my opinion! This is a full proof, easy pizza dough recipe you will find yourself going back to over and over again!

This dough is really nice to work with, and it freezes well, as I discussed in the pizza tips post, I usually make a double batch once a month and freeze it for family pizza and movie night.  I cook mine at about 450 degrees, depending on thickness or use. 

Resources:

  • stand mixer with dough attachment
  • mixing bowl
  • liquid measuring cups
  • dry measuring cups
Procurements:
  • 2 C water, 105-110 degrees
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1 t sugar
  • 3-4 C flour
Operating Procedures:
 
Wisk together first 6 ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer.  Leave alone for 5-7 minutes until you can smell the yeast and bubbles and foam that have formed on the surface.  This is how you know your yeast has proofed and is ready.
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Add 3-4 cups of flour, mixing using the dough hook attachment, one cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky. Continue to mix on low speed until a ball forms.  Then raise the speed to medium and knead for 7-8 minutes.  
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Remove from the mixer, and put into a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Place in a warm, draft-free area to rise for 60 minutes, or until doubled in size. I usually place in my microwave (DO NOT TURN ON MICROWAVE).
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After it has doubled in size, gently punch down dough and cut in half to form two balls of dough.  Use now or wrap and enjoy later!
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Proposals:

This dough can be used now or wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to two months.  It never lasts that long in our house! This dough can also be turned into breadsticks. You can also add in different flavorings into the dough, such as Italian seasoning or a mixture of your own favorite herbs.

Closing Remarks:

If your dough doesn’t rise, one of two things may have happened- the first being your water was too hot or too cool.  It is important to have the dough at the right temperature for the yeast to properly proof.  Or your yeast was too old and you need to get some new yeast!

Basic Pizza Dough
A full proof, basic pizza dough recipe!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C water, 105-110 degrees
  2. 2 packages active dry yeast
  3. 1 T olive oil
  4. 1 T vegetable oil
  5. 1 t kosher salt
  6. 1 t sugar
  7. 3-4 C flour
Instructions
  1. Wisk together first 6 ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer. Leave alone for 5-7 minutes until you can smell the yeast and bubbles and foam have formed on the surface. This is how you know your yeast has proofed and is ready.
  2. Add 3-4 cups of flour, mixing using the dough hook attachment, one cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky. Continue to mix on low speed until a ball forms. Then raise the speed to medium and knead for 7-8 minutes.
  3. Remove from the mixer, and put into a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm, draft-free area to rise for 60 minutes, or until doubled in size. I usually place in my microwave (DO NOT TURN ON MICROWAVE).
  4. After it has doubled in size, gently punch down dough and cut in half to form two balls of dough. Use now or wrap and enjoy later!
Notes
  1. This dough can be used now or wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to two months. It never lasts that long in our house! This dough can also be turned into breadsticks.
  2. If your dough doesn't rise, one of two things may have happened- the first being your water was too hot or too cool. It is important to have the dough at the right temperature for the yeast to properly proof. Or your yeast was too old and you need to get some new yeast!
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