Homemade Pizza Dough
I have been making homemade pizza for 40 plus years now. About 20 years ago I was Lucky to find this dough recipe, and have made 100’s of pizza’s and flat bread with this easy recipe. Enjoy!
¾ cup warm water (110-115 degrees) large measuring cup
1 envelope active yeast
Add yeast to warm water, still in cup
Add 1 teaspoon honey, or sugar to yeast mixture stir to blend. The honey or sugar feeds the yeast, so the yeast grows.. Let set 5 minutes.
In the mean time in large mixing bowl (I use a stand Mixer with a bread hook, or my Food Processor) this also could be done by hand. add
2 cups or a bit more all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt, (I use Kosher salt)
Add 3 Tablespoons good Olive Oil to yeast mixture in measuring cup.
1. Now with the stand mixer, food processor, running slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Keep the mixer going on high until a sticky ball forms (you may need to add more flour, if it is not coming together)
2. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface, knead until smooth, (about 1-2 minutes) if dough is still sticky add just a bit more flour, and knead it in.
Transfer ball to a large bowl, with olive oil smeared all over inside. Turn ball all around to coat in oil.
3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and then cover with clean kitchen towel. Now let dough rise in warm-draft free area until dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour.
4. About 15 minutes before you dough is ready, preheat oven to 475 degrees.
5. I like to use mine right then when it is ready. But, you can punch it down, and store for one day in an airtight bag, or bowl in the refrigerator. Roll dough out starting from the center, roll dough outwards.
6. When ready fold dough softly in half, then half again, this makes it easy to transfer dough to pizza pan. Carefully open your dough, and start building your pie. If using a pizza stone I place my dough on parchment paper to build, then you can transfer the pizza easily to stone.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
This recipe will make one big pizza, or cut dough in half, or fourths just before you start to roll it out. I often have Pizza Parties for my Family. And everyone can put whatever they want on their own individual pizzas.
– Chef Jerrieann Taylor