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How to make pizza dough

How to make pizza dough

How to make pizza dough

Why not try?

While it may sound like hard work, authentic homemade pizza is delicious. Whether having a movie marathon or treating the kids, pizza always goes down well and is actually relatively easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 7g of dried yeast, (one sachet)
  • 25ml of olive oil
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 250ml of water
  • 500g of strong white flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Method

1
In a small bowl, mix the yeast, olive oil, sugar and water together
2
Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well
3
Pour the yeast mixture into the well and use a wooden spoon to combine
4
When the mixture starts to come together, use your hand to form a dough
5
Place the dough on to a lightly floured work surface
6
Knead the dough until it is smooth and springy – this should take roughly 10–15 minutes
7
Place in a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size – this will take about 60 minutes
8
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and ‘knock it back’ by briefly kneading again
9
Roll the dough out with a rolling pin to 0.5cm thick and garnish with your choice of topping

Variations

You could try substituting some of the flour for polenta or semolina for more of a crunch.

Get some inspiration for toppings with Paul Ainsworth's pizza Giardinera or pizza Caprino recipes.

Pastry can make a great alternative to pizza dough as seen in Sally Abe's recipe for Puff Pastry Pizzas.

 
 
 
 

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