Friday, May 20, 2011

Pizza Dough

I've had a request for my pizza dough recipe from fellow Twitterer @Davsimp. So here it is David. :)

Basic Pizza Dough
Makes 4 thin bases

200mL lukewarm water
8g fresh yeast
5g sugar
350g strong bread flour
A decent pinch of salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp milk
4 pieces of baking paper, the same size as your pizza stone (or baking tray)

Add the yeast and sugar to the warm water then leave it to sit for 10 minutes so the yeast activates.

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl then add the yeast mixture, olive oil and milk and combine the mixture. Tip onto a surface and knead. If the mixture is too wet, add some more flour. If it's too dry then add a splash more olive oil.

Knead the dough for 10 minutes then pop it into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave it to prove for 20 minutes.

Cut the dough into quarters then knead them all seperately for 5-10 minutes each. (It's always good to have a bit of help at this point!) Leave for a further 30 minutes to prove. (At this point, I just dust the kitchen bench with a bit of flour and leave them there, covered with a tea towel.)

Preheat the oven to as hot as it will go and put a pizza stone (or your baking tray) in to heat up. Roll out the pizza dough portions onto a piece of baking paper. Prick the dough all over with a fork (this stops it rising unevenly and looking "bubbled") then add your toppings to the pizza.

Working quickly, take the stone out of the oven, slide your piece of baking paper (with the pizza on it) onto the stone, then put it back into the oven for 6-8 minutes.


davsimp said...

Love love love. Cannot wait to try this one. Thankyou for sharing.

The Happy Whisk said...


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