Making pizza dough can be lots of fun! Most people probably don’t bother with making their own pizza dough because their probably thinking, “Why bother when I can just buy it?” and that’s pretty much what I thought before I started making my own. It wasn’t until I found out about some of the weird ingredients that go into store-bought pizza dough that I realized that I needed to take matters into my own hands. In the process, I learned that making pizza dough can be a really fun family activity, it has also saved me some money, and it’s tons healthier. So I’m going to show you how to make your own pizza dough from scratch.
1. Large Mixing Bowl (something that’ll easily accommodate about 8-10 Cups of flour)
2. Measuring cups
3. Measuring spoons
4. 2 tall drinking cups or a small bowl- (anything that’s big enough to accommodate 2 cups of water and rising yeast)
1. 1 Packet of Yeast (I usually go with Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast that come in packets of 3 and you can get it here through Amazon)
2. 6 1/4 cups of Flour or more (I prefer King Author Flour Click here to Buy From Amazon).
3. Olive oil
4. Sea salt
5. 2 teaspoons of sugar
Preparing the Yeast
How you prepare the yeast is going to make or break your pizza.
1. From the faucet I let the water run until it gets too hot for me to hold my hand under for more than a few seconds or about 100-105 degrees F.
2. Then, I measure out 2 cups of water and put it into a tall drinking cup, add about 2 teaspoons of sugar, add the yeast, mix and then let the yeast activate for about 15-30 minutes.
3. While the yeast is activating, I get .75 cups of warm water (temperature here doesn’t matter) and then I put 1 T of sea salt and 2 T of olive oil and let it dissolve in the water. I do this because the sea salt and olive oil distributes better into the flour this way.
4. Now, measure out 6 Cups of flour and put it into the big mixing bowl.
5. Assuming 15-30 minutes have passed, the yeast is now ready and you’ll know it because it gets really foamy.
6. Pour the yeast, and the mixture of olive oil and salt into the flour and mix. Knead for about 5-10 minutes and if the dough is too sticky add more flour. Put the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel and then let it rise for about an hour. That’s it.
Pat yourself in the back because you’ve made your first pizza dough! Doing anything for the first time can be really challenging but it’s that crucial first step that begins the process of remarkable things to come. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be making pizza dough with your eyes closed. Remember because you’re making it yourself you have the say in what goes into your pizza dough so it’s probably going to be a lot healthier than anything you can buy prepared at the store. Also, let’s not forget all the money you’ll be saving. Thanks for reading and I hope you had fun making your own pizza dough.
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