This pizza dough recipe is best used for cooking temperatures in the 400-500°F. It will yield 2 – 3 small pizzas ranging in diameter from 8 to 11 inches. This recipe uses an electric mixer, but a bowl, whisk, and strong forearms can produce the same result. The dough can be made and used in as little as a few hours. However, if let to rest and ferment overnight, it will develop a superior depth of flavor. As in life, “you get out what you put in”. Use the best quality ingredients available to produce the best results.
“You get out what you put in”
- 3 ¾ cups bread flour (500 grams)
- 2 ⅛ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (14 grams)
- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast (1 gram tsp)
- 1 ½ cups of 100-105°F water (350 grams)
For best results hydrate the yeast to jumpstart fermentation. Heat 1.5 cups water to 100-105°F. Add ½ teaspoon active dry yeast. Stir briefly to incorporate yeast into water. Let sit a few minutes until mixture appears active. It should appear slightly creamy and frothy.
Next combine 3.5 cups flour and 2 ⅛ tsp salt in a electric mixing bowl. Attach a dough hook and slowly add the water and yeast solution a few dashes at a time. Mix with the dough hook just until all the ingredients come together and there is no dry flour left. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Place bowl back on the mixer. Using the dough hook knead on low speed for 2 minutes. Remove the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 2 hours. Remove to a floured surface. Divide into two or three equal pieces. Shape into dough balls and place on a floured baking pan. Lightly dust the tops with flour and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for another 90 minutes to two hours.
The dough is now ready to shape into a round pizza, top with ingredients, and bake at 500-550°F degrees until done!
Use these recipes and techniques to make crisp airy dough and bright fresh sauce at home. In fact, with a little practice all other pizza will be inferior. Be warned you may never again see your pizza delivery guy.