Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pizza dough



Yummy note:
One thing we enjoy at our house is making homemade pizza. I've had a hard time in the past finding the right pizza dough recipe or prepared mix that we all really like. I don't mind investing some time in making the dough from scratch, as long as it is well worth it in the end. I think this recipe is pretty simple to make, it just takes a little rise time. What I like the best about this crust is that it turned out nice and chewy with a little crisp, rather than thin and soggy like some other homemade crusts. Hooray for Wolfgang Puck, this pizza dough is superb. This pizza dough recipe is from Wolfgang Puck's website here... http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipes/view/56793/All-Purpose-Pizza-Dough

Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

1 package of active dry or fresh yeast (roughly 2 1/4 tsp of yeast)
1 teaspoon of honey
1 cup of warm water (between 105 to 115 degrees F)
3 cups all-purpose flour (I used both whole wheat flour and white flour for this recipe and it worked well.)
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing
Toppings of your choice to assemble pizza

Directions:

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water, along with the oil and honey at the same time. Add in the salt and gradually mix in the flour, one cup at a time. Mix together with a spoon until it is well combined and then knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes. The dough should feel more smooth and firm.

Next, let the dough rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes by place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap.

Divide the dough into 4 sections. Take each section and form a smooth even ball of dough. You can do this by pulling and tucking the dough ball around. Then roll the ball in your hands until the dough feels smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Cover the dough balls with a damp towel and let rest 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, the dough balls can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days or used for pizza!

To prepare the dough for pizza, take each dough ball and roll/stretch it out on a lightly floured surface. You should get roughly a 7 to 8-inch circle pizza crust with the dough in this portion. It is perfect sized for more single serving pizzas. If you want a bigger pizza, adjust your dough ball sizes accordingly.

Then bake your prepared pizza in a 475-500 degree oven until done.
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