Fresh Dough

Happy Saturday everyone. Made some pizza dough today and thought I would pass on the recipe. Pretty easy stuff.

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

3 cups All purpose flour
1-1/2 Teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1 Package yeast
1/2 Teaspoon sugar or honey
1-1/4 Cup warm water approximately 85-90 degrees
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil.

Place yeast and sugar in a bowl add 1/4 cup warm water. Let it rest for about ten minutes until the yeast is activated. Put flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Make a well in the center. Add the water/yeast mixture and the olive oil. Stir with a large spoon incorporating the flour as you stir. Add the additional water slowly. Once all the water has been added begin to knead with your hands. You want to knead it for about 8- 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.

Brush the dough with olive oil and put in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise about an hour until it has doubled in size.

Punch the dough down and lay it on a cutting board. Fold the left side of the dough toward the center and then fold the right side toward the center overlapping the portion from the left. Flip it over and let it rise again for at least another hour. Take it from the bowl and divide into 3 equal parts. It’s best to use a dough cutter for this. Form these into three balls and let rise again for another 45 minutes to an hour. At this point your dough is ready for pizza.

I prefer thin crust pizza so I roll it out very thin using a rolling pin. If you would like a more substantial crust roll it out by hand using your fingers to spread out the dough and crust.

Tomorrow I will make pizza on the BBQ. More pictures to follow. Ciao.

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