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Best Pizza Dough

Best Pizza Dough

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 2 medium Pizza
Author Mahy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of lukewarm (body temperature water)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of instant or active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of honey
  • About 2 cups of bread flour ( All purpose flour works too!)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil for the bowl

Instructions

  1. In a measuring cup, add the honey and yeast to the water and allow that mixture to sit for 1-2 minutes. It will start to go opaque and may foam and show bubbles on the top the longer you leave it—which is ok.
  2. In a mixer bowl, add the flour and salt and mix them well. Then add the ready water mixture and knead the dough until smooth. This dough should not be sticky, but should not feel hard or dry to the touch, it should stick slightly to your fingers.
  3. In a large bowl, add the olive oil and cover the entire inside of the bowl with it. Then put your pizza dough in the bowl and roll it over the oiled surface so it’s entirely covered with a thin layer of oil.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough proof (rise) in a warm spot (like inside your oven while it is shut off) for about 1 1/2 -2 hours until the dough doubles in size at least.
  5. Divide the dough in half ( or more, if making individual small pizzas) and work with one at a time.
  6. About half an hour before that point, preheat the oven to the highest setting.
  7. Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of your oven, and if you don’t have one, place a rimless cookie sheet directly on your oven rack. If you don’t have one either, take a regular cookie sheet and place it upside down on the rack (the rim of the cookie sheet should land on your oven rack).
  8. Using a rolling pin, or with your hands, shape the dough into your desired shape and thickness—Remember the dough will puff in the oven to double the thickness you roll it into!
  9. cover the dough for 10 minutes while you gather your toppings.
  10. Sprinkle your favourite toppings and bake the pizza for 8-12 minutes ( depending on the size and thickness of your dough).
  11. NOTES:
  12. *To make a crisper pizza: roll out the dough thinner than you prefer ( it will still puff up to double its’ size during baking) and right away add your toppings and bake the pizza. Do not let it wait for 10 minutes after being rolled out.
  13. To make a soft interior pizza with a good crisp on the outside, be sure to roll out the dough and cover it for at least 10 minutes before adding your toppings and baking it.
  14. To make a softer crisp on the pizza, allow the rolled out dough to sit for half an hour before adding your toppings and baking it.
  15. To make a really soft pizza, roll out your dough and let it sit half an hour before adding the toppings and bake it at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes (depending on the thickness and size of your dough). To make an even softer feel to your pizza, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the dough ( Right after adding the water mixture to the flour mixture, add the oil).
  16. To add a more airy texture to your pizza, Let the dough feel sticky after you knead it, and when it’s ready to shape, use your handle and apply minimal pressure on to the dough. Shape it by stretching and pulling rather than pressing.
  17. To freeze or chill the remaining dough:
  18. Fridge: allow the dough to sit back in the oiled bowl in the fridge for up to 3 days. To bake, simply take out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature before shaping and baking.
  19. Freezer: Double wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then place in a ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. To bake, take out from the freezer and out of the wrap and place it in an oiled bowl over the counter or fridge (depends on when you need to bake it) until it defrost and allow it to come to room temperature before baking.