It was Friday afternoon, and I had promised Kristen we were going to make pizza for dinner using the homemade pizza dough she saw Sarah Carey make in one of her videos. We gathered all the ingredients and started to work, of course she was more than happy to get the job of preparing it (under my supervision… she’s 4) and I was happier to see that this really was an easy pizza dough recipe. It took us like 10 minutes to make it! There is practically no kneading involved, you just have to consider the time it takes the dough to rise when thinking about what time you want to eat (it has to rise for 1 hour). After it has risen, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
What I also love about this dough is that (like any other) you can store it in the freezer and once it has thawed you can have homemade pizza in no time.
You can use any topping you like. I prefer vegetarian pizzas, but no whatever what you choose I suggest that you don’t skip on fresh basil. When using fresh herbs like basil, always put them on top after the pizza has baked. A few minutes before eating it, sprinkle chopped basil, or just arrange whole leaves on top. If you add the herbs before the pizza bakes, they’ll just burn. Another tip I learned from this recipe, is that while the oven is pre-heating you can place an upside down cookie sheet on one of the oven racks. When baking your pizza, place your baking tin on top of this upside down cookie sheet, and it will help the dough cook faster, and get crunchier.
The ingredients I used for my pizza using this dough recipe were basic tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and finally a little torn basil to give it that special touch. A friend of mine asked me for a pizza dough recipe this week, and I gave him this one (Hi, Felipe!). He tried it, and loved it.
I hope you use this recipe to make a special stay at home activity with your family or friends, it’s especially fun for kids.
Easy Pizza Dough
Yields: 2 pounds of dough
(enough for about 2 medium sized pizzas)
Recipe from Everyday Food
2 packets (¼ ounce each) active dry yeast
(each packet equals 2 ¼ teaspoons)
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing
2 teaspoons coarse salt
4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
- Pour 1 ½ cups warm water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Whisk sugar, oil, and salt into yeast mixture. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead 1 or 2 times before using.
To make 2 pizzas:
- Just divide the dough into two equal pieces and place them on an oiled baking sheet. Start shaping it using your fingers and pressing down with your hands until you get the size and shape you want.
Put desired toppings on top and bake at 500 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
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