Simple Handmade Pizza Dough Recipe

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Make great pizza dough
3 simple tools
and 4 basic ingredients

pizza dough by hand

A stand mixer is certainly a faster, more efficient, and easier way to make pizza dough.

It takes less handwork and you can make enough for several pizzas in a single whirl. I take you through every step of making great dough with a stand mixer–and then lead you through to a great finished pie with a perfect crust in Pizza School. But even if you have a stand mixer, you’ll get a better feeling for the dough if you make it by hand.  That extra hands-on understanding will add to your skills even when you go back to your beloved stand mixer or food processor. So let’s get started.

Handmade Pizza Dough Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1.5 teaspoons of dry, active yeast
  • 3 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

1: Mix the yeast into a cup of warm, but not scalding water.

Warm gets the yeast working. Scalding stops it from working. Let it stand 5-10 minutes until it forms a slight foam on the top like you see here: proofing the yeast

2: Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and form a well in the middle like a crater.

3: Pour the water into the middle of the well:

water into flour well

4: Stir with a wooden spoon:

stir water and wheat flour The flour begins to clump… flour clumping into dough …and then congeals into a ball as you keep stirring vigorously for about a minute: starting to form into ball

5:  Then dump the congealed mixture onto a floured surface.

(I use my granite countertop or a cutting board.) Make sure your hands are also well-dusted with flour.
dump onto dusted surface

6: Form the dough into a ball.

Then push the ball down and away, fold it back on itself, and rotate it a quarter turn. Then push it away again.

If the dough is too sticky, gradually add more flour to the working surface until it stops sticking.
pushing dough 

(I’m starting to miss my stand mixer about now, but I’ll push on…) Lean into the dough as you keep pushing, folding, rotating. This is called kneading. Knead from 5 to 10 minutes until smooth and silky.
form a ball
Congratulations! You’ve created enough homemade dough for 2 medium pizzas. You can also watch me go through every one of these steps on video by clicking here. You’ll find instructions on making pizza dough with a stand mixer, managing the rising, storing, and every other step to making a fantastic pizza in our School.

A domani!

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