Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

Yield: Makes 4 twelve inch crusts or 8 individual ones

Ingredients

  • 1 packet quick-rise dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (should feel like the temperature of your bath)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • Additional flour or cornmeal for rolling out dough

Instructions

  1. In a wet measuring cup mix yeast and warm water and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer mix salt, flour, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and yeast mixture. Mix until dough forms a ball.
  3. Turn dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and knead briefly until dough is smooth.
  4. Lightly oil a mixing bowl and turn the dough in the bowl to coat with oil. Cover with damp dish towel and let the dough rise in a warm area for 1-2 hours until it has doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough and place it on a surface dusted with flour. Divide the dough using a pastry bench. Knead for 6 minutes and gently stretch by hand. Otherwise, gently roll dough to desired dimensions.
  6. Place dough on baking sheet. Makes 4, 12-inch crusts or 8 individual.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Equipment needed: Measuring cups and spoons, Electric mixer (and bowl), 1 large mixing bowl, Dough hook attachment, Damp dish towel, Pastry bench, Rolling pin.

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