Pizza Dough


IMG_0798Making your own pizza is easy, great fun for the kids and if you have your own wood burning Pizza oven or similar, a great casual entertaining dish for those warm summer evenings.  It all starts with the pizza dough you’ll need for the base, which needs to be made in advance.

There’s no need to twirl the dough around your head – you can get a thin, even crust just by carefully using your fingertips

Makes enough for 2 * 12″ pizzas

Ingredients

  • 450g Strong White Flour (Bread Flour, or preferably type 00 Pasta flour)
  • 1 packet dried bread yeast
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 300-330ml Warm Water

Method

  • Sieve the flour, salt & yeast into a large bowl and make a well in the centre
  • Add the oil and most of the water and fix well by hand until all of the flour in incorporated into a stiff dough.  Add extra water if necessary
  • When the dough has formed a single ball, remove from the bowl and knead well for about 10 minutes.  The dough will become smooth and elastic as you work the gluten in the flour
  • Dust off the original bowl and wipe with olive oil. Return the kneaded dough to the bowl and cover with a damp cloth or muslin
  • Leave the bowl somewhere warm to prove for about 1-2 hours, until it has doubled in size

Before you are ready to make your pizza, think about pre-heating your oven.  Around 240ºC or hotter can take a little time, and if you want to use a pizza stone, this may need to be heated through for 30-45 minutes beforehand

  • Cut the dough in half and take one piece to a floured surface
  • Make into ball and flatten out, using your fingertips to push the dough out from the centre to the edges.  Continue to rotate the dough as you work it with your finger tips to get it circular
  • Turn over and repeat on the other side.  Keep working the dough until you have a smooth, round base that’s as thin as you can make it (with no holes!) – it should be around 12″ across

You are now ready to top and bake your pizza!

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