Pizza Dough

This is Basic Pizza Dough recipe.  You can make grilled bread or focaccia with this dough as well as pizza. There are a few steps so I will walk you through it.

(1.) In the bowl of a stand mixer add:

1 c. Warm Water

3 Tsp. Yeast

1 Tbsp Honey

Mix together with your hands until dissolved. Let set for 10 minutes so the yeast can develop and make a foam.

 

(2.) With the Paddle  Attachment turn mixer on low speed (1 or speed 2) and add :

3 c. Flour ( all-purpose)

Mix  until almost but not quite combined. Then add:

1 1/2 Tsp. Salt

4 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Keep speed on low and slowly add:

1 c. flour ( all-purpose)

 

(3.) Now while this is mixing together it is going to look dry But be patient it will come together. Let this knead on low for 8 Minutes. No less. This ensures that the dough is the right texture. 

(4.) When the 8 minutes are up stop the mixer and turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 2 minutes or until the dough springs back when lightly pressed with your finger. Shape in to a circle.

(5.) In a large bowl add 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil and spread around  With your hand. Place the dough top side down in to the bowl and move around to cover with oil. Turn over and move around to cover the bottom with oil. Now at this point you can cover it with plastic wrap and let it set for 2 hours.

(6.) After the 2 Hours remove from bowl on to a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half. Roll each dough half in to desired shape and about 1/4  inch thick depending on if you like crispy crust or a soft crust. Place on to a sheet pan or desired cooking pan and pierce the dough with a fork leaving a 1 1/2 in border.  Now fold the Ends over 1/2 inch on to itself and press together using a fork. this will make the ends nice and fluffy like it should be. Drizzle with oil and spread out evenly with a pastry brush. This will keep the dough from getting soggy.

Now you can top with marinara sauce and top with desired toppings and bake at 425* until cheese is melted and crust is browned.

 

Variations to the crust: You can add fresh herbs to the dough while you add in the last cup of flour. I like to add in 1 tsp of fresh chopped Thyme or 1 Tsp fresh chopped Rosemary. Sometimes I like to add in 1/4 c. sun-dried tomatoes(drained) and chopped small. The extra oil in the sun-dried tomatoes will make the dough to wet.  If this happens then add in 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until dough Comes away from the sides and bottom of the bowl.

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