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How to make Pizza Dough from scratch

how to make pizza dough from scratch recipe

Making Pizza is not rocket science. But it does involve a lot of labor if you don’t own a mixer that does the job for you. You have to knead a lot to develop the gluten in the flour. In fact, making the dough is like constructing a piece of art! Once you have the dough in place you can roll the dough thinly to make a thin crusted pizza or into medium thickness to have a crusty base and a little bit of spongy bread like texture. The first step for any Pizza, however is the Base.

how to make pizza dough from scratch recipe

PIZZA DOUGH – The Recipe

Here’s what you need –

In a bowl, add the flour, salt, oil, sugar & instant yeast

Mix well.

Add the warm water

Stir continuously to bring it together

Knead the dough for 15 minutes (manually) or 8 minutes with a mixer.

While kneading, make sure you stretch the dough & pull it back in many times.

Knead till you get a smooth, elastic ball of dough.

Place the dough in a well oiled bowl also making sure the top has been brushed with oil too.

Cover with a plastic wrap or a damp cloth.

Let it rest in a warms pot for 1.5 – 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size

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How to make Pizza Dough from scratch
 
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Serves: enough for 1 pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp instant yeast or 1½ tsp active dry yeast * (you'll have to "prove" the yeast. read tips)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) lukewarm water
  • 200 gm plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add the flour, salt, oil, sugar & instant yeast & Mix well.
  2. Add the warm water. Stir continuously to bring it together
  3. Knead the dough for 15 minutes (manually) or 8 minutes with a mixer.
  4. While kneading, make sure you stretch the dough & pull it back in many times. Knead till you get a smooth, elastic ball of dough.
  5. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl also making sure the top has been brushed with oil too.
  6. Cover with a plastic wrap or a damp cloth.
  7. Let it rest in a warms pot for 1.5 - 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size
To store the dough
  1. Punch down the dough, cover all sides with plastic wrap & put it in the freezer. It will last for a week. Just make sure to thaw in the refrigerator for 6 hours before using.
Tips - Yeast
  1. If using active dry yeast, to warm water, dissolve sugar & add yeast. Let it rest for 5 minutes till it becomes frothy. Then add this to the flour mixture & proceed

 

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  • Remya March 31, 2014, 3:43 am

    Hi Kavita,

    I tried the pizza dough to make cinnamon rolls and they came out great. This is going to be a keeper recipe for me. :) I am yet to try freezing and using. Hope that works as great too. Thanks. :)

    Do stop over at my space when you get some time.

    Remya

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