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Everyday Pizza Dough

06 Mar

This is a very basic and everyday pizza dough. Although I have been in the pizza industry for over 25 years I have yet to find a recipe that turns out a dough that I like when I use my home mixer. Most pizzerias make their dough in 50 pound batches with a huge Hobart type mixer, but at home I use the old fashion way and tools that work best, my hands.

Ingredients:  makes a 14″ pizza skin

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon warm water, 90 to 105 degrees in temperature
  • a very small sprinkle of sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup flour, all-purpose flour, plus some for dusting in the kneading and rolling process
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

In a glass measuring glass dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand until slightly foamy on top, about 10 minutes. You need to warm the measuring cup with hot water, dry it, then add your warm water. Use a food thermometer to make sure the temperature of the water is within the usage range. To hot will kill the yeast, to cold and it won’t wake the yeast up. Add the yeast to the water, sprinkle with just a very small sprinkle of sugar. The sugar gives the yeast something to eat.

In a warmed bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the dissolved yeast and water into the well. Using a fork, stir in a circular motion, gradually pulling the flour into the yeast. Continue with this process until a dough forms.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Using the heel of your hand, knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If needed sprinkle additional flour on the work surface to prevent sticking. When the dough has completed the kneading process shape into a ball.

Coat the inside of a large bowl with the Olive Oil, place the dough in the bowl and turn it all over to lightly coat the entire dough ball. Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled. This may happen within 1 hour but may also take up to 2 hours. When the dough has doubled in size you can continue with the recipe or gently punch your fist into the center of the dough, cover again with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate up to 10 hours.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surfaced. Punch the dough down very gently and using your hands press the dough into a disc shape. Using a rolling-pin, roll in every direction, sprinkle more flour on the work surface to prevent sticking. Roll the dough into a 14″ dough skin. Let the rolled skin rest for 20-30 minutes before topping.

Suggestions: I generally cook my pizza dough on a pizza stone from Pampered Chef. Place the stone in a cold oven, turn the temperature to 450 and preheat the oven and stone. Before saucing and topping place the pizza skin on parchment paper, add the sauce and toppings then using the parchment to lift the pizza quickly place both the paper and the pizza on the very hot pizza stone. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 then lower the heat to 400 and cooked for another 10 minutes. Let the pizza rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting to allow the cheese and toppings to settle and so that no one will get burned by the very hot pizza…..Now I can’t believe I’m going to mention this, but, if you just don’t want to make the pizza dough skin at home, swing by a local “Papa Murphy’s” and ask to by the pizza skin only. There the only place I know that actually has a license permit to sell that product since it’s not baked.

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