Basic Pizza Dough

Pizza Doughwm

I make pizza dough all the time these days.  That way I know the ingredients. Besides it only takes a couple of minutes to throw all the ingredients together and roll out and I just prepare the rest of the meal while it proofs.

YOU NEED

1 and 3/4 cups of plain or wholemeal flour

1 x 7 gram packet of dried yeast

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

200ml or so of warm water (start with 200 and go from there. Flour differs in its “hardness” so I find I often need more, but always use 200 as a starting point)

# extra flour for dusting

 

YOU DO

Sift the flour into a large bowl.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients and stir to evenly combine.

Add the water and mix all ingredients. Mix them together, and then work the dough into a ball. If it is too dry, slowly add more water a little at a time until it comes together. If it is a little wet, add a little more flour till it comes together.

Dust your bench with a little flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes.

Then pop it back in the bowl and allow it to proof until it doubles in size. I am usually impatient though and often start rolling it out a lot sooner than this.

Once the dough has proofed, dust your bench again and roll it out into whatever shape and thickness you want. I tend to roll mine very thin as I prefer thin crust pizza.

 

Yields: Makes enough for 1 large or 2 small pizza bases.

Time: 10 minutes preparation. Plus proofing time.

Freeze: Absolutely! Just portion any dough you don’t need, wrap it well and freeze it for another day.

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