Home made pizza dough never had much appeal to us “before kids”. It always seemed more trouble than it was worth and if we really wanted to make a pizza at home, there were plenty of options for store bought dough; Trader Joe’s being a favorite.
Now that the kids are a bit older – 4 and 6 – making pizza at home has become a tradition and home made dough just adds to the….ahem….mess!? And of course fun!
So, if you’re up for traveling the road less floured, then we just might have the best and easiest recipe to entice you to give it a go.
What you’ll need:
Bread Flour 2 3/4 cups (not all purpose flour)
Active Dry Yeast 2 1/2 teaspoons
Salt 2 teaspoons
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup
Warm Water 1 cup
How to Make the Dough
Add all the dry ingredients to the food processor and start. While the machine is running, add the olive oil slowly and then the water, keeping the stream consistent. Continue processing for a couple of minutes until the dough comes together and forms a ball. If the dough is too sticky, add some flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too dry, some water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a firm ball.
- Grease a large bowl with a little bit of olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put in a warm place until it doubles in size, in about an hour. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut the dough in half, form each piece into a ball. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. Take the dough out of the freezer and place in the fridge about 8-10 hours before you want to make your pizza. If you do this in the morning before work, you’ll be ready to make some pizza when you get home….MMmmmm!
Happy Pizza making!