Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Favorite Pizza Dough

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Now, onto this lovely pizza dough...

Being able to make a good pizza dough is, in my opinion, a critical step in becoming a successful home chef. While taste and texture are of utmost importance, it's incredibly helpful to find a pizza dough recipe that can be made in 30 minutes (including rising time). This way, you can literally make a pizza quicker than it takes the delivery guy to get to your door.

Homemade pizza is such a great tool to have in your arsenal. Not only is it a crowd pleaser, it's also a great way to use up leftover ingredients. Trying to get rid of your taco leftovers? Make a Mexican pizza. Have leftover chicken and corn? Make a barbecue pizza. Leftover Italian? You can always make the traditional Marinara. Really, the possibilities are endless.

My Favorite Pizza Dough
From: Just Cook Already
Yield: One large rectangle-shaped pizza or two small circle-shaped pizzas
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Rising Time: about 10 minutes
Baking Time: about 15 minutes
Total Time: about 30-35 minutes


3-3 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Corn meal


In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, yeast and salt. Stir very warm water and oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour (about 1/2 cup for me) to make dough soft. Knead on a lightly floured surface, or with an electric mixer and kneading attachment, for 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 10-20 minutes.

When you're ready to assemble your pizza, lightly oil your pizza pan and sprinkle it generously with corn meal. Roll dough to fit the pan, add your sauce and toppings, and bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of pizza and thickness of crust).


Laura Go said...

Though I like making as much as I can homemade, I will admit that I am intimidated by pizza dough. I just haven't been the best kneader ever.But I'm bookmarking this, and I'll definitely be trying!

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Emma Frances said...

I used to hate homemade pizza but my mom has found some great recipes recently and I'm falling in love! Haha. I'll have to try this one!! :) It looks incredible!

kendra @ little almanac said...

This one looks really good! I'll have to give it a try.

Laurie said...

yum! we love making homemade pizza! this is exciting that it is a super fast pizza dough recipe...there is nothing worse than having to wait for dough to rise.

i will have to try this recipe for sure!


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Taylor Laree said...

YUMMM. I got a pizza stone the other day & it was so beyond amazing. Best homemade pizza I've ever had. Seriously. I'd love to try out this recipe with it! :)

Emma said...

My bf and I have a bit of a pizza making tradition, and always make our own bases. This one looks like a great recipe, it looks so well risen! We'll have to give this one a crack I think :) thank you xx.

Joseph Carr said...

The taste and texture are definitely two of the most important things to consider in making pizza dough. If you want your visitors or family to enjoy and finish the pizza that you prepared, you must create an exquisite taste for your dough, aside from the toppings that you will add.

>Joseph Carr

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Shaun Leonard said...

That looks so good! I wish all pizza dough were as rich and full like that. When you have a delicious pizza dough, it doesn’t matter if what you’ll put on top are leftovers. The thing about homemade pizza is that you can just throw whatever you think would taste best into the mix. The possibilities are truly endless!

Shaun Leonard @ Vocelli Pizza