Every pizza lover knows that pizza crust can make or break your pizza. Whether you like it crispy, thin, or fluffy and thick, the secret to an awesome pizza lies in preparing the dough. Although it may sound difficult to you, a homemade pizza is relatively easy to make. However, most people as themselves why they should waste time to prepare when they can buy it frozen and readily prepared. Nevertheless, trust me – a homemade crust is nothing close to the store-bought, home-delivered dough, or what you may order at a restaurant. Typically, making pizza crust is a lot easier just like you can make regular bread, only quicker and finely, flatter. Here is an easy pizza dough recipe that will teach you how to prepare and make pizza dough from scratch, faster enough to fully satisfy even the strongest of pizza cravings.
Making a Homemade Pizza Dough
Quick and simple, all you need is six ingredients, and probably most of them you already have them in your kitchen. Some items such as pizza crust yeast, you can buy them from your local grocery store. Most of these grocery stores have yeast in packed in ready-to-use cachets, so you even have no reason to worry about measurement. Moreover, while buying yeast, remember to grab some tasty toppings for the amazing pizza that you’re about to make!
• 2 1/4 teaspoon full of yeast or1 (0.25 oz) packet
• 2 cups of wheat flour
• 3/4 cup of lukewarm water
• One teaspoon of salt
• 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
• One teaspoon of sugar
• Cornmeal, for dusting
• Pizza sauce and toppings, as desired
Every good chef knows that preparing enough cooking space is vital to your success. Here are the other things you need to have on your table to transform your kitchen to a pizzeria:
• A spatula or wooden spoon
• Large mixing bowl
• Plastic wrap or kitchen towel
Sizeable wooden cutting board or baking peel
• Baking sheet or Pizza stone
• Rolling pin or some hands that is ready to get a little messed up
1. In a large bowl, mix water, olive oil, yeast, sugar, and stir well to combine. Into the mixture add all-purpose flour or bread flour, and follow it up by adding salt. Using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, mix the dough until the flour is fully hydrated and begins to shape into a ball.
2. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it while you add more flour as required. When the mixture becomes sticky, keep squeezing because as the gluten develops, your dough will tighten up and start to become drier. Once you’ve kneaded the dough into a tight ball, which is after around 10 minutes, transfer it into a large bowl that you’ve coated with olive oil, cover it, and let it rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size, for about an hour. Put the dough into the refrigerator and allow it to sit there overnight to freeze.
3. Put the pizza stone or baking sheet that’s upside-down on the center rack of your oven and preheat the oven up to 300° F. Then, raise the heat to around 550°F, and this gradual rise of temperature prevents warping of the baking sheet and cracking of your pizza.
4. Cut the pizza dough into three smaller pieces and place them on a lightly floured surface. Knead one of the portion of the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth. Using your hands dusted with flour, stretch the dough gently using your fists, to make a circle. After pulling the dough to a quarter-inch thick ring, if there are areas of the dough that are thicker, try to stretch them gently and if you are unable to form a perfect circle, don’t fret — that is what a chef may call rustic.
5. Sprinkle your pizza peel with cornmeal lightly, and move the circled dough on the peel and shape it, if need be.
6. Add the sauce and your desired toppings on the pizza. Apply a little of the virgin olive oil on the edge of your dough to have a crispier crust. Place the peel into the oven and slip your pizza onto baking sheet or stone. Bake until the cheese bubbles with browned spots and the crust turns deep golden brown. Based on your dough’s thickness, the number of toppings, and the set temperatures of your oven, your pizza can bake for approximately 8 to 14 minutes.