Pizza Dough

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaathu everyone!

I think I can speak for everyone when I say pizza is a universal favourite. Although that isn’t entirely true because my little sister doesn’t like takeaway pizza. I am also ashamed to say that I am not the biggest fan of pizza either…I will eat it, but I am not obsessed with it. I would MUCH rather prefer to have a burger and chips. I suppose everyone has their own personal preference.

The reason I decided to create an easy pizza dough recipe is because where I live pizza is expensive. It isn’t so expensive in the city where I go to university, but it is an absolute rip-off in my hometown. The only time my family and I get pizza is on the days when there are offers, otherwise it isn’t worth it. So, as I didn’t want to have to constantly fork out lots of money (or rather have my parents constantly fork out lots of money) I thought it would be a good time to make a homemade pizza crust recipe.

In this recipe I use strong white bread flour for this Italian pizza dough recipe, but you can replace it with plain flour if you do not have any strong white bread flour. I have used both before but the reason I prefer to use strong white bread flour is that it does not tear as easily and is more elastic. This does make it harder to stretch out, but it is worth the extra effort. Bread flour has a higher gluten content compared to plain flour which means that with plain flour you will get a softer pizza crust. If you do use plain flour, you might need to use less water to form a dough. This is the best pizza dough recipe that will show you how to make pizza dough at home.

This is a relatively quick pizza dough recipe; the longest time is the time taken for it to rise. This will take longer but you can make this homemade pizza dough a day before and leave the pizza dough to rise overnight in the refrigerator. This will allow the yeast fermentation to occur really slowly which will help to maximise taste. When you do plan on making the pizza dough remove the dough from the refrigerator at least 2 hours beforehand.

To check if the yeast is still active the yeast mixture will form bubbles on the surface after a few minutes. If none form the yeast is dead and you should use a new packet of yeast to ensure that the dough actually rises. When the dough has been left to rise for a while test if the pizza dough is fully risen by pushing two fingers into the dough. If the indentations remain the dough has risen enough and can be used now. If the indentations do not remain the dough should be left to rise further. It doesn’t matter if the dough hasn’t fully risen, it can still be used if you’re in a bit of a rush.

I usually roll out the pizza dough on to the pizza pan and then cover it again with a tea towel to allow it to rise a bit more. Pair this with my pizza sauce recipe and voila! You have the base ready for your pizza creations. This pizza dough recipe makes enough dough for one 12-inch pizza so you can alter the ingredients as required depending on how many pizzas you want to make.

So here it is. a simple pizza dough recipe that can show you how to make pizza dough from scratch.

Pizza Dough

This pizza dough recipe is easy to make with basic pantry ingredients. With this recipe, homemade pizza dough will become the ultimate Friday feast. Add your chosen toppings to this pizza crust recipe to make your own pizza at home. A classic way to show you how to make pizza dough for the perfect homemade pizza crust from scratch that is guaranteed to impress your family.

Ingredients

  • 250g Strong White Bread Flour / Plain Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dry Instant Yeast / 7g Sachet
  • 150ml Warm Water

Directions

  1. In a small bowl add yeast, sugar and warm water then stir before setting aside
  2. In another bowl, mix salt, flour, milk and vegetable oil together
  3. When the yeast mixture has bubbles on the surface, add to the flour
  4. Add water as required to form a dough
  5. Grease a bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it
  6. Cover with a damp cloth and leave aside for at least one hour
  7. When ready to cook, preheat oven to gas mark 8
  8. Cook in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes

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