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Best Homemade Pizza Dough

Best Homemade Pizza Dough

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I realized I have not been posting as much as I would like to be doing.  After all, this site is based on what we have been having for dinner every night.  We have not given up food.  We still eat.  I decided it was time to share my favorite Best Homemade Pizza Dough recipe as we have been making it a lot lately.  

This year has started out with a bang.  I feel like the past couple months have been a big blur.  We have been really busy;  with work.  Filling the pipeline, and working on a few projects here, and there.  This all takes time and a lot of energy.  I did not realize that we were not cooking as often as I would like until I went through the past few months of expenses.  I was floored, and Lenny’s belly and my hips were starting to show it too.  Over $150 a month, in pizza delivery.  This is good money that could be spent on a decent night out, or even saving for a rainy day.

I told Lenny, that pizza delivery is now – OUT!  If we are hungry for a thin crusted pizza, we will have to start making it.  After all, it is easy to do, healthier for you, and you can get as creative as you want with toppings.  

This recipe for homemade pizza dough makes 4 small thin-crusted pizzas;  about 5 – 6 slices per pizza.  We usually make 1 or 2, for dinner, depending on how hungry we are.  If you add a green salad, you have a complete meal.  

Pizza Dough-1

Tips:

  • If you don’t use all the dough at one time, freeze the extra in small ziplock bags.  When you decide to use, remove from the freezer in the morning, place in the refrigerator and at the end of the day there is dough for dinner. 
  • Extra dough can be made into flatbreads.

Tools:

  • Food Processor

Recipe:   Best Homemade Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

2 cups 00 flour or all-purpose (I prefer 00 as it tends to crisp up a little more)
1 package yeast
1 cup water, warm to touch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

How To:

Mix water, yeast, and sugar together, set aside until bubbly and doubled in size, about 10 – 15 minutes.

Put flour and salt into a food processor fitted with dough attachment.  Add yeast mixture and mix.

Slowly drizzle oil in as it mixing.  Knead using the food processor for about 5 minutes.

Set aside in an oiled bowl until double, about 45 minutes.

Punch down, knead with hands and then divide into 4 equal pieces of dough.

At this point, you can use all of it, or put some into the freezer for another time.  I put the dough into sandwich sized ziplocs.

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Sarah

Monday 16th of May 2011

With pizza like that it would be a sin to order out. I like the idea of stashing part of the dough in the freezer for those busy days.

Anna

Wednesday 4th of May 2011

We make pizza at home all the time. We use the basic pizza dough recipe in the Silver Spoon cookbook and treat it like your standard kitchen-sink recipe. We'll put almost anything on top of a pizza! Crazy stinky cheese? You got it. Leftover stir fry vegetables? Sure thing. As long as it doesn't weigh down our lightweight, fast-cooking crust, it's a go. We stopped letting our dough rise too a while back on the advice of some friends and we've never turned back. It freezes wonderfully and thaws in a couple hours or in the fridge while we're at work. Never fail.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Tuesday 3rd of May 2011

Despite owning a beautiful pizza stone, I have not done homemade pizza in a very long time. I'm going to have to do that this summer... such a wonderful thing to eat outside with a big bottle of wine. :-)

denise woodward

Tuesday 3rd of May 2011

Sanjeeta - I am really glad that we motivated you to make your own crust; it is so easy.

Kasey - really nothing better than a fresh made/baked pizza from home; is there?

Megan - shame on you, TJ, you are a baker! I want to see homemade pizzas coming from Chez Megan.

Chez Loulou - have not tried freezing a whole pizza, will have to give it a whirl; would make the process even easier!

Sanjeeta kk

Monday 2nd of May 2011

Have been so lazy of late and buying ready made Pizza base. You rekindled the baker in me to make mine soon :)