Pizza Dough

If you have kids, you know the value of pizza.  A good cheese or pepperoni pizza can cure some of the hardest days our children face in life.  You have got to ask yourself why does Little Caesars Pizza stick around?  $5 pizza pizza is their tag line, and it’s hot and ready when you want it.  Now I am not going to lie, we have purchased our fair share of these for our son.  We have actually sold fund raising punch cards for my son’s football team for Little Caesars…

When it comes to a pizza that my wife and I enjoy, we like the thinner more fire roasted pizza’s from a wood fired oven.  That’s not something that you can just get at a $5 pizza joint.  This pizza can cost $10 for a single sized serving.  Knowing the ingredient list of a good pizza or a flatbread dough and the related costs to making this at home – seriously it is no contest.  Making pizza at home is like $0.45 a pizza.

When I ask my friends they can all come up with a pizza sauce.  When it comes down to it, it really is their spaghetti sauce.  We will tackle this in a later post.  However, the daunting task other mom and dad’s face is the dough – and making a good one.  Trust me friends, this isn’t rocket science you can do it!

Pizza and Flatbread Dough

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups unbleached flour (plus more for dusting your work surface)
  • fine sea salt
  • 1/4oz SAF dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil

Note

Yield Note: This recipe makes enough for two or three 12-inch pizza crusts, depending on your thickness of your roll out.

Directions

Step 1
In your standing mixer, using a dough hook process the flour and 2 teaspoons of the salt until it is completely incorporated. This should take about 1 minute.
Step 2
Place your yeast (if not using SAF) in another bowl, whisk in 1/4 cup warm water, as well as 2 tablespoons of the oil. Allow to rest until the liquid begins to foam. This will take about 10 minutes. Then pour this yeast mixture into the center of the processed flour.

If you are using SAF just pour the SAF, Water and oil in the mixing bowl - no waiting!

Mix the flour and yeast solution until incorporated. Add and additional 3/4 cup warm water to the flour and mix, until the dough starts to pulls together in a mass.
Step 3
Place the dough ball onto a lightly floured surface and begin to kneads the dough by working it with the heel of your hand. Knead for about 6-8 minutes.
Step 4
In a clean, stainless-steel bowl brush the inside with the remaining oil and place the ball of dough in the center. Cover with a clean cloth and allow to rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size. This should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Step 5
When the dough has risen, divide in 1/2, or thirds for a thinner crust and shape the dough into balls that will be later rolled into the pizza shape you desire. The dough can be individual wrapped in plastic and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Step 6
Cook on a pizza stone at 500 degrees F. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes.

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