Pizza Dough

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Total Time:
1 day
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 4.5 cups - unbleached bread flour or all - purpose flour, chilled
  • 3/4 tsp -salt
  • 1 tsp- instant yeast (fast rising/rapid rise yeast)
  • 1/4 cup - olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup - water, ice cold
  • 1 tbsp -sugar
  • Semolina/durum flour or cornmeal for dusting

How to Make Pizza Dough

  • Mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast in a big bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer).
  • Add the oil, sugar and cold water and mix well (with the help of a large wooden spoon or with the paddle attachment, on low speed) in order to form a sticky ball of dough.
  • On a clean surface, knead for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • If it is too wet, add a little flour (not too much, though) and if it is too dry add 1 or 2 tsps extra water.
  • Flour a work surface or counter. Line a jelly pan with baking paper/parchment.
  • Lightly oil the paper.
  • With the help of a metal or plastic dough scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces (or larger if you want to make larger pizzas).
  • To avoid the dough from sticking to the scraper, dip the scraper into water between the cutting processes.
  • Sprinkle some flour over the dough. Make sure your hands are dry and then flour them. Gently shape each piece into a ball.
  • If the dough sticks to your hands, then dip your hands into the flour again.
  • Transfer the dough balls to the lined jelly pan and spray them generously with spray oil.
  • Slip the pan into a plastic bag or enclose in plastic food wrap.
  • Put the pan into the refrigerator and let the dough rest overnight or for up to three days.
  • Day 2: On the day you plan to eat pizza, exactly 2 hours before you make it, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator.
  • Dust the counter with flour and spray lightly with oil.
  • Place the dough balls on a floured surface and sprinkle them with flour.
  • Dust your hands with flour and delicately press the dough into disks about 1/2 inch/1.3 cm in thickness and 5 inches/12.7 cm in diameter.
  • Sprinkle with flour and spray with oil.
  • Loosely cover the dough rounds with plastic wrap and then allow to rest for 2 hours.
  • Then stretch it into the size you desire, top it off with favourite ingredients and bake in a 450F - 500F oven.
  • Recipe courtesy: Dhivya Karthik