Saturday, February 2, 2013

Homemade Pizza Dough

I love homemade pizza!  Normally I make personal pizzas using whole wheat pita so it's simple and easy.  Lately I've been in the mood to really start from scratch with some of our meals.  I found an Amazing recipe for homemade pizza dough at the kitchn.  Have you seen this website?  AWESOME!
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No pictures of this recipe...too messy to take a pic, plus I was trying to keep the kitten from getting on the table!  Next time I'm using the breadmaker!

Homemade Pizza Dough
from the kitchn

For the dough:
3/4 cups (6 ounces) of water
1/2 teaspoon of active-dry yeast (if using instant yeast, you don't need to dissolve it during the first step)
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Making the Dough:

About 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking, pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees. If you have a baking stone, put it on a rack in the lower-middle part of the oven.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, heat the water until it feels barely lukewarm when you test it with your finger (if the water is so hot that you can't leave your finger in it, wait for it to cool down). Add the yeast to the water and use a fork or whisk to stir it into the water. Set this aside for a few minutes and allow the yeast to dissolve. It's ok if the yeast doesn't bubble, but it should be entirely dissolved and the mixture should look like thin miso soup.

Measure out the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and use your hand or a whisk to combine.

Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the water-yeast mixture. Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine everything together.

When it comes together into a cohesive ball (see image below), turn it out onto the counter along with any extra flour in the bowl that hasn't yet gotten worked in.
Knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and elastic to the touch--about five minutes.The dough should still feel moist and slightly tacky. If it's sticking to your hands and counter-top like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it's smooth and silky (below).
Use a bench scraper to divide the dough in two.

Shaping the Dough:
Tear off two pieces of parchment paper roughly 12-inches wide. Work one piece of the dough in your hands and form it into a large disk. Lay the disk of dough on the parchment paper.

Working from the middle of the dough outwards, use the heel of your hand to gently press the dough outward until it's about 1/4 of an inch thick or less. You can also use a rolling pin for this part. We like to make free form pies, but if you'd like a circular pie, you can trace a large circle on the back of the parchment to use as a guide.
Repeat with the second piece of dough.

Note: The dough will stick to the parchment paper, making it easier for you to roll out. You'll bake the pizza right on the parchment paper. As it cooks, the dough will release from the parchment, and you can slide the paper out before serving.

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  1. This sounds like a great recipe! I love to make my own dough but have been disappointed lately so I'll try this recipe out. I've never used parchment paper, but it seems like it would be helpful.

  2. Looks like a great recipe I would try it out but making pizza dough is the one thing that never turns out in my kitchen. (One even exploded in the oven) One of my favourite things is to make mini pizza's out of English muffins. (Yummy)


  3. We make a lot of homemade pizza dough in my house. I always feel better knowing that we are taking that little extra time. Plus there is no beating the taste. I usually make several batches and freeze a couple for calzone and pizza strips. Have a wonderful day!

  4. I'm excited to try this recipe. My husband loves making bread from scratch so this will be fun for him to try. Thanks for the great post! Found you on the Our Everyday Harvest weekend blog hop.


  5. LOVE homemade pizza days! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Making your own pizza dough is impressive. I consider a store bought dough, jar of pasta sauce, sprinkling packaged cheese, adding store bought spices, and topping with veges to be homemade.

  7. Love homemade pizza! I just posted the recipe I've been making these last few weeks. Hope you will drop by my site and check it out.

  8. I love homemade pizza too, it always always always tastes a million times better than you can get in a store and even most pizzerias (gotta give NYC the exception though ;) ).

  9. Thanks for the recipe. I found one years ago similar to this one and it works like a charm! Stopping by from the Creative Monday blog hop. New follower here. I hope you return the favor.

  10. thanks for the recipe. I should try it again...I just buy the pre made dough.

  11. Now I'm craving pizza! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    I Gotta Try That

  12. Oh, wow! That sounds divine! Thank you for hopping on board The Great Blog Train! -Marci, Angie and Helen

  13. We love homemade pizza here! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

  14. I am always trying to find a dough recipe- love that this one is sugar free too! Thanks for linking up with Photo Friday- hope to see you again next week with another great link :)


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