I found this recipe while reading one of my favorite blogs and tried it out on the next Friday night (our family pizza night). It was a huge hit (“Why didn’t you make more, Mom?”) so I doubled the recipe and made them again the following Friday. I think homemade pizzas may become our new family tradition for Fridays! I’m especially excited to pass along this skill to my boys because I think it will serve them well when they get on their own.
The recipe is pretty self-explanatory. However, if you’re not super experienced with recipes involving yeast (I am not), I will warn you that just because you put your dough into the refrigerator, don’t expect it not to continue to rise. If you want to freeze the dough, roll your dough balls in plastic wrap, then put all the wrapped dough balls in a freezer-safe zippered bag and then place that bag in the freezer. Do NOT put the zippered bag in the refrigerator on Wednesday thinking that you may as well since Friday is only 2 days away. THE DOUGH WILL LITERALLY BUST OUT OF THE PLASTIC BAG as it continues to rise! Approximately 12 hours before you plan to use the frozen dough, take it out of the freezer and put it in your refrigerator to thaw out. By the time you need it, it should be defrosted and ready to roll out and bake as usual.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 3.5 Cups unbleached, all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon (or packet) yeast
- 1 cup water (cold)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
|Mix the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. I use my KitchenAid mixer fitted with the dough hook and it works perfectly.|
|Mix the water and olive oil, and then slowly add to the flour mixture. Mix the dough for 2-3 minutes or until the flour all pulls away from the side of the bowl. The dough will most likely be sticky to the touch. Continue to mix until the flour is all incorporated and the dough is no longer sticky at all (if you need to add a little more flour, do that). Mix for a total of 8 minutes and then place the dough in a well oiled bowl and let rise until it doubles in size.|
|Divide the dough into 2 or 3 equal-size balls (depends on how thick you like your crusts--we like thin ones so we get 3 from each recipe) and then roll them out to the desired shape. I generally liberally sprinkle a large pizza peel with cornmeal and then roll out my crusts using a rolling pin. Once you've got it to the right shape/size, rub a bit of olive oil over the surface and then add your ingredients of choice. Bake in a really hot over (450 degrees) for approximately 10 minutes.|