Recipe: Pizza Dough

by Willie on June 24, 2014

in Bread, Cooking School, Daily, Food Fuel, Recipes

We all love pizza right? It’s good stuff. The cheese, the toppings, the warm bread. But, we’re all trying to watch our waistlines and our wallets. So, we don’t want to just order a pizza from those national chains. We want to make our own. Angela and I love pizza. Fridays have been deemed pizza night in our household. We’ve experimented with making pizza before in different ways but we missed the experience having pizza the traditional way.

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I found this recipe after watching an episode of Cook’s Country one day. The recipe made the dough in a stand mixer and then it was transferred, rested, and stretched on a baking sheet. I liked the idea of the sheet pizza but wanted pizza as it looks in most pizza boxes. So I used a pizza pan lined with parchment paper (for easier cleanup later). It turned out well the first time I tried it. I’ve now moved on the cooking on a pizza stone. (A ceramic hot plate of sorts similar to this one.) The pizza stone creates a crispy crust. I’ve also used a cast iron to make pizza and that turned out well also. But enough of me blabbering, let’s get started on making your very own pizza dough!

PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE (Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country)

Makes one 12 inch pizza

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more olive oil spray for parchment paper)

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1 1/2 cups (8 1/4 ounces) bread flour (I’ve also used half bread flour/half whole wheat flour)

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast

  • 1 teaspoon sugar (I use Splenda)

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher salt)

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Pizza stone

INSTRUCTIONS

1. FOR THE DOUGH: Spray pizza pan lined with parchment paper with spray oil. (You can also use a baking sheet if you don’t have a pizza pan) Combine water and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in 1-cup liquid measuring cup. Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in large mixing bowl and combine. Add water mixture and mix until dough comes together, about 1 minute.Continue mixing dough until smooth and comes away from sides of bowl, about 10 minutes. Spray pizza dough and bowl with a little spray oil to coat dough (You don’t need much to coat it).

2.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1½ hours. Adjust your oven rack to lowest position and pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. (I use a pizza stone in my oven to cook pizza on but you don’t really need to buy one.For the longest time, I just used a pizza pan lined with parchment paper.) .

3. After 1 to 1½ hours of letting the dough rise, transfer dough to greased parchment paper. Stretch dough to the shape of the pizza pan. (You can also use a baking sheet if you don’t have a pizza pan.)  Add whatever toppings you like on your pizza. Bake until well browned and bubbling, about 15 minutes. Slide pizza onto wire rack, or keep it on the pizza pan and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve.

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So there you have it, your very own pizza made by you! Let me know how it taste by leaving a comment and post your pictures on Instagram or Facebook. I want to see what you guys are creating. Just use the hashtag #fueledbyrunning so I can see those awesome pictures! Now, get cooking!

Do you like pizza? Would you make your own pizza? What are some of your favorite topping on a pizza?

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