Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

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When I want a quick-fix, comforting dish, I know pizza is always a good choice. Especially since topping choices are endless. So no matter what you are in the mood for, you can make a pizza to satisfy those cravings! I make a lot of pizza, so I wanted you all to have this recipe on hand for those posts!

This dough is really simple to make and by the time it rises, you can get all your other ingredients together to have it done in no time. You can also make double or triple the amount and then refrigerate or freeze it until ready to use. Then all you need to do is top with your favorite toppings, cook and enjoy!

Be on the lookout...some really great pizza recipes are coming soon :)

Pre-Rise should about double in size

Printable Recipe

Makes enough dough for 1 large, 16" pan

  • 8 oz. warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast (2.25 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 cups flour, divided

Put 8 oz. warm water in bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, sugar and olive oil. Stir in 2 cups of the flour to combine and then add another 1/2 cup of flour until the dough comes together and becomes elastic. Put the other 1/4 cup of flour on a board and knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth.

Put the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

When the dough has doubled, punch it down and knead it lightly on a surface covered in the remaining flour. Roll or stretch the dough to fit a pizza pan or baking stone.

If the dough is too elastic to cover the pan and it keeps springing back, stretch it out and let it rest. Keep stretching it and letting it rest until it relaxes enough to cover the pan.

Top with desired toppings. Cook in a preheated 425 degrees F oven for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Source: Former Chef

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