Pizza Dough

Back when I had more time on my hands (before college & graduate school), I used to make pizza dough from scratch every time I wanted pizza. I even had my friends make their own pizzas for one of my birthday parties in high school. It was a hit! There were flowers, stars, monkeys, pigs, elephants, butterflies – you name it. (Alison recalls, “Jennie and I made a beefy man, and he was delicious”.) Since then I have become lazy and have resorted to purchasing the Pillsbury pizza dough. It is a good dough and I can store it in the fridge for those last minute dinner decisions, but there was always something missing.

I finally decided to dig up my old recipe and I don’t think I can go back. Being such a quick to prepare dough, there’s really no excuse for me to slack off anymore. Sorry Pillsbury. And when questioning my #1 critic as to why he preferred this dough, he paused before responding with, “It’s just soft and good” – Brent

Ingredients:

1 pkg active dry yeast

3/4 cup warm water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp olive oil

2-1/2 cups bread flour* (if you do not have any, all-purpose flour is okay)

Cornmeal for dusting

*Want to make it whole wheat? Use 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour or substitute it 1:1.

Directions:

  1. Place pizza stone on middle rack and allow to preheat in the oven to 400 degrees, for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl bloom yeast in water, approximately 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt, and oil followed by 1 cup of flour, another cup, and then the last 1/2 cup.
  3. Knead by hand 20 times or until well incorporated, adding a little bit of extra flour (too sticky) or water (too dry) if necessary. Form into a ball, coat with oil on all sides and let rise for 20 minutes or until doubled.
  4. Roll out and transfer to a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal. Prepare with favorite toppings. Transfer to the pizza stone without removing from the oven (it’ll take a couple light shakes) and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until it the crust turns golden and the cheese (if any) starts to bubble.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

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    • I see no problem with doing so. I have been meaning to but keep forgetting to buy whole wheat flour. Try it and let me know how it turns out!

  1. I’m a fan of using sourdough to make all of my breads and instead of using commercial yeast I use sourdough starter which I found easy to maintain.

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