Home Made Pizza Dough2014-02-10
- Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Western
- Course: Main Course, Snack
- Skill Level: Beginner, Child Friendly, Easy
- Yield : 1.1kg
- Servings : 6 to 8
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 15m
- Ready In : 4:0 h
- 4 cup bread making or strong white flour
- 2 teaspoons salt or less or to taste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 cups Lukewarm water
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1.5 teaspoons dry yeast (5g)
- Equipment that I used: Bread maker and 2 x 25cm and 2 x 30cm pizza trays
Made in a bread maker. Sift flour and mix in the salt and the sugar. In the bread maker add the oil and water followed by the sifted flour mix. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Set your bread maker as you would to make bread, this will knead, rest and rise the dough for baking taking approximately 2.5 hours. Before the baking cycle begins and after 2.5 hours, switch off the bread maker and let the dough rise further in the machine for an hour to 1.5 hours. (When bread making, the machine will knead, rise, rest and finally bake automatically, taking all together approximately 3.5 hours).
Divide the dough in to four eg. I have a collection of 2 large pizza trays and 2 small pizza trays so I divide my dough into 4 to fit the trays accordingly and thickness as preferred. This quantity of flour will approximately weigh 1.1 kg as a ready made dough. For my liking I divide the dough into 2 lots of 350g and 2 lots of 200g to fit my 4 trays.
Little extra flour will be needed to divide and roll out the dough. When divided either roll out the dough using some flour for dusting to fit into the trays or simply use hands to spread the dough to the edges of the tray. The trays can be dusted with flour or sprayed with oil to stop the flour from sticking to it. These trays are now ready to take the topping of your choice and baked in a hot to very hot oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
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Your fluffy and light pizza dough is now ready to take a filling. Fill these trays as you wish starting with good quality pizza/tomato sauce, mozzarella and cheeses of your choice then topped with your choice of filling and finish lastly with little more mozzarella. I have supplied photos of my pizza for guideline. I made two vegetarian and two lots of sausage pizzas and finished off with some pesto for extra flavour but the choice is yours.
If you haven’t got a bread maker then use your dough making equipment following the instructions of your machine. Alternatively you may use a large bowl to knead all your ingredients but make sure that the yeast is a fresh variety and dissolve in small amount of warm water, before adding the remaining water. Mix well then add to the dry flour mix. Dry yeast can also be added to a small amount of warm water with a pinch of sugar, stir and let it sit to froth then add to the remaining water to proceed. I have found my bread making machine is the simplest way to make breads and dough. Let the bowl of pizza dough rise in a warm place for at least a couple of hours before fitting into your trays.
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