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Best Pizza Dough

Best Pizza Dough, an easy, homemade pizza dough recipe that will become your favorite go to for pizza night.  Thick or thin crust you decide.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: best pizza dough, easy pizza dough, homemade pizza dough
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lukewarm water (470 grams)
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 1/4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour (680 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  • In the bowl of your stand up mixer (or a large bowl if you knead by hand) add warm water then add yeast and sugar, let sit for 5 minutes, then stir to combine. 

MIXING BY MACHINE

  • Add the olive oil, flour and salt,with the hook attachment start to combine on low speed, scrape the hook and then raise to medium speed and knead for approximately 5 minutes or until you have a smooth elastic dough (scrape the hook halfway through kneading).  

MIXING BY HAND

  • If you are mixing by hand then with a fork mix until the dough starts to come together. On a lightly floured surface remove dough from the bowl and knead until dough is smooth and elastic approximately 10 minutes (if dough is really sticky add a little extra flour). 
  • Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a large clean kitchen towel, leave in a warm draft- free place until doubled in bulk, approximately 2 hours.**
  • Pre heat oven to 450° (250° celsius). Punch dough down a few times and divide into 3 balls,  let dough rest for 20 minutes.
  • Place dough in desired pizza or cookie sheets (lightly oiled) and fit dough into desired shapes (using your clean hands).  
  • Top with your favourite toppings (without the cheese), bake for approximately 15-20 minutes (until crust is golden) and then top with grated mozzarella cheese and bake for three more minutes or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!
  • **At this point, dough can also be refrigerated, place in plastic bag, remove air and tie securely up to 24 hours.

EASY PIZZA SAUCE

  • In a medium bowl add a can of diced or pureed tomatoes, add 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil, a sprinkle of salt, tablespoon of olive oil and stir to combine.  Top pizza dough.

FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

  • Chop fresh tomatoes (grape, roma or cherry tomatoes) remove seeds, toss with 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil (or even fresh) salt and a tablespoon or 2 or olive oil.

STIRRED FRIED VEGGIES & ITALIAN SAUSAGE

  • In a medium frying pan add Italian sausage (casing removed and chopped) and fry until starting to brown, add thinly sliced, onion, pepper and mushrooms and a drizzle of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, basil, salt and pepper to taste, cook on medium for approximately 10 minutes. Use as topping for pizza (on the sauce and then bake).

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 3mg