Monday, January 28, 2013

A Very Simple Pizza Dough Recipe

In New York, a city with delicious pizza joints on every corner, Nick and I became big Dominos fans. I know, it doesn't make sense - there was even a perfect pizza place on our corner, but not having to walk up and down 4 [steep] flights of stairs was really nice.. don't worry we always met the Dominos delivery guy half way! Although there is a delicious pizza place in Burlingame (and a Dominos) I was set on making my own pizza dough for us to have Friday night. Turns out it's really not that hard to throw together and makes for a tasty loaf of bread! 

Homemade Pizza Dough
Makes enough for 2 pizzas and can be made the night before or day of.

You'll need:
1 packet of active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup warm water
1 1/4 cups cool water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups flour 
(I used half gluten free, half all-purpose [ha!] but feel free to use whatever flour you're comfortable with.. just make sure not to use 5 1/2 cups of whole wheat because you won't get the nice crust you're looking for)
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To Make:
Dissolve yeast in warm water, let sit 5 minutes. Add in cool water, oil, sugar & salt. Whisk together to combine.
Get your arm workout on..
Add in flour cup by cup, mixing together as you go with your hands! Knead the dough for about 8 minutes, let sit for 2, then knead for another 2 or 3 minutes until the dough is smooth.
If you have a mixture with a dough hook, mix together for 8 minutes, let stand for 2 and then mix on low for another 6 minutes until smooth. 
Divide the dough in half and place each dough ball in either a zip lock coated in cooking spray or a greased bowl, seal and chill overnight or up to two days (I threw mine in the fridge for about 6 hours and they were fine). Take out an hour before cook time to let sit at room temperature.
You can freeze the dough in a freezer zip lock for up to two months.
Flour a counter top, roll out dough. Place on a baking sheet dusted in cornmeal and throw on your favorite toppings. Cook at 375 for 30-40 minutes and enjoy your homemade masterpiece!

Now, we didn't have any freezer safe bags and we didn't want to make two pizzas so we went ahead and made the second one into a loaf of bread... 

I floured the dough ball and placed on more cornmeal. Baked for about 45 minutes and then devoured at least 3 slices of the warm bread.

It also made for some excellent Saturday morning toast! 


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