Can I Make Pizza Dough?
I love pizza! Who doesn't? I've been trying out different recipes, so I decided to try making my own pizza dough. Making pizza dough and making bread always scared me because using yeast and all that seems complicated. But I decided to give it a whirl.
I tried out this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network.
The recipe only has 5 ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water, 100 to 110 degrees F, plus extra as needed
- One 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- Olive oil, for drizzling
Yield: Three 13-ounce balls of dough
I only made 1/2 this recipe. Active dry yeast is sold in 1/4-ounce packets, so I used half of a packet.
It is actually pretty simple to make the dough. You add the yeast to warm water and then mix it in with the flour. See photos.
In this recipe, it says you should add the yeast to water that is 100-110 degrees. I didn't measure the temperature of the water. I just let the water in the sink run and until it was warm/hot. You just want the water to get warm, so the yeast will dissolve.
You need to knead the dough for 10-12 minutes. I just did it while I was watching TV and I was watching the Food Network and coincidentally Giada De Laurentiis's show was on actually.
Next, you drizzle a clean bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with a damp towel. You leave it alone for 2 hours to rise.
To my amazement, the dough did what it was supposed to do: it rose and doubled in size!
The recipe says: "Using a fist, deflate the dough in the center and cut it into 3 equal-sized pieces."
Basically, you just punch the center of the dough. Haha. :)
Then, following the recipe, I cut it into 3 pieces, put each piece into a separate oiled bowl, covered the bowls with a damp warm towel and let them rest for 1 hour .
Then, you wrap them in plastic and you can refrigerate the dough for up to 1 day.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! It tastes good! Check out the finished products at the very bottom of the post! How good does that look? Buffalo Shrimp with Roquefort and Spinach and Sausage and Spinach with Fresh Mozzarella homemade pizzas!
Making your own pizza dough is pretty easy actually and it does not take that much prep time (~15 minutes including 10-12 min. of kneading). However, before you can cook with it or store it in the fridge, it does take 3 hours (2 hours to let it rise and 1 hour to let it rest).
Before cooking my pizzas, I tried rolling out the dough to different thicknesses and testing out different cook times.
All the recipes I found said to put the oven at 500 degrees to cook pizza.
At 500 degrees:
- 1/8" thick: 9 min. 30 sec.
- 1/8" to 1/4" thick: 10 min.
- 1/4" thick: 11 min. 30 sec.
Homemade pizza! Buffalo Shrimp with Roquefort and Spinach and Sausage and Spinach with Fresh Mozzarella. Yum! :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!