Who knew pizza dough was always so easy to make? When My husband was home last we wanted to have pizza but I was too lazy to drive and go pick it up (One of the hazards to living in the country) So when all else fails, head over to Pinterest (Honestly I probably need a Pinterest intervention, I use it more then google these days!) and look up a recipe!
2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one envelope)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 and 1/4 cups warm water ( 105-115 degrees F)
3 and 2/3 cups white flour, unbleached, plus more shaping
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 Tbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve the yeast and set aside for 5 minutes. The yeast mixture should look creamy and foamy on the top.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine 1 cup of the flour, salt, and olive oil. Stir the yeast once more to make sure it is all dissolved and add it to the flour mixture. Mix together with a hand whisk until lump free. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and add the remaining flour. Turn the mixer on low speed and mix for 15 -20 minutes, until the dough comes together and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. It takes time for the dough to come together. Don’t rush it and refrain from adding more flour. The dough should be slightly tacky once it’s finished kneading.
Lightly coat a bowl with olive oil. With lightly greased hands, scrape the dough out and shape it into a ball. Place the dough into the greased bowl and gently roll it around to coat all sides of the dough ball with oil. Cover with a lint-free towel and place the dough in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Gently punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 2 equal halves. Shape each half into a ball, cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. You can also do this directly on your pizza pan. If you are using a pizza stone, do this step directly on your pizza peel. Spray your pizza pan with non-stick spray and dust lightly with flour or cornmeal. Once you’ve shaped the dough, gently transfer it to your prepared pizza pan.
Using the remaining Tbs of olive oil, brush the top of the pizza with the oil. For a more flavorful option, stir 1 tsp of garlic powder into the oil.
Top and bake according to your favorite recipe.
Honestly as soon as I get my new freezer I’m going on a baking spree and filling it with pre-made pizza dough! Talk about saving money! Why will I buy this stuff ever again?
Thank you http://www.bakedbyanintrovert.com/homemade-pizza-dough/ for this amazing recipe! It’s been added to our family cook book!