Positively Perfect Pizza Dough

June 28, 2018

 

It dawned on me today that I have never dedicated an entire post to just pizza dough.  I'm sorry.  Truly. Because it is sincerely the most easy recipe.  My love for pizza started many many years ago.  But this story starts six years ago when my mother-in-law gifted my husband and I a pizza stone and peel {wooden board that slides pizza into the oven}.  Up until then we ordered takeout, which is totally fine, I love me a good takeout pie.  BUT.  Making our own pizza was seriously way easier than I ever imagined.  

 

Truth.

 

I will say however, sometimes it was kind of a pain in the bootie {have kids much?} to make my own dough.  Here's why.  I could never seem to find a recipe that had consistent results and gave me the texture and flavor that I wanted.  This went on for years.  And I settled.  But my sweet beautiful friends, you don't have to.  Since that dark dark time, I have mastered the dough and now I never have those pull my hair out stomp around moments {I can't be the only one that has kitchen melt downs}.

 

This dough.  This dough is fluffy and puffy around the edges and slightly crisp on the bottom but not injure the roof of your mouth crisp.  The taste is so fresh.  The best part about it is that it turns out positively perfect, ever, single, time.  Through many trial and errors and billions of pizza dough recipes I wound up creating my own masterpiece.  Can you tell I'm proud?  I'm pretty darn proud!  Pizza master may come to mind.

 

Do yourself a favor.  Get a stone.  Get a peel.  And enjoy pizza bliss.  And if you need me to convince you even more, making your own pizza is WAY HEALTHIER than ordering takeout.  It's a small investment but I can't tell you how much $$$$ I save on takeout every year.  Add up in your head how much that price tag is when ordering out.

 

"Well it takes more time!" But seriously, it doesn't take that much more time.  I just had this debate with my brother and I'm pretty sure I won, I could tell he saw the light as he nodded in agreement.  It takes {if} 15 minutes to make the dough, 20 minutes for the dough to rise (chop up some veggies and grab yo' cheese!). Throw it all on there and pop it in the oven, within minutes, fresh super delicious pizza.  

 

Takeout pizza takes 15 minutes to drive there, 10 minutes to wait for it and 14 (you shaved 1 minute offon the ride home since you are desperately hungry smelling the pizza in your car) minutes to drive home. If you order pizza it always take 45 minutes for delivery (be honest with yourself, you know it does).   And once it's home it's never as fresh as it was when they pulled it from the oven.  One of my favorite parts is digging in to a hot, fresh, straight from the oven pizza pie.  You just can't beat that.  Check out the recipe below all these delicious pizzas straight outta' my oven.

 

 

 

Active Time: 15 minutes

Inactive Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 2 dough balls

 

Ingredients:

5 1/2 c flour

2 c water

1 tbsp active dry yeast

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp {heaping} salt

1/4 tsp sugar

 

Ingredients:

Heat up 2 cups of water for 45 - 60 seconds in the microwave, the water should be pretty warm but NOT hot.  Add the active dry yeast, give it a little stir and then sprinkle the 1/4 tsp of sugar over top, it helps to activate the yeast even more.  Let the yeast get foamy, about 5 minutes.

 

In the bowl of a *stand mixer add 4 cups of flour, salt and olive oil.  Attach the dough hook.  With the mixer on low start adding the yeast water.  Once the water has incorporated a bit add the rest of the flour.  Knead this on medium speed for 5 minutes.  The dough should have formed a nice ball.  Check the consistency.  Press your finger into the dough, it should bounce right back, if it sticks to the dough add 1 tbsp more flour at a time until it's no longer sticky.

 

Roll the dough out on a floured counter top.  Cut it in half.  Re-roll the dough balls around so they are a nice circle.  Leave some space between them and cover each with plastic wrap.  Let them rise for 20 minutes.

 

Once they are done press out the dough to make your pizza.  You can freeze the other dough ball.

 

Enjoy!!

Tara

 

If you want to get a pizza stone this is the exact one that I have, I tried to locate the pizza peel that I have but I can't seem to find it but I do suggest getting one with a long handle to save your hands from the hot oven heat when you take it out  (affiliate link).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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