The secret to a good pizza starts with the crust. If you can nail the crust, the rest is just toppings on the pizza. I have been working with pizza dough for quite some time, and I have learned a thing or two about how flour works from watching their reactions in pizza dough. It is the easiest thing to make at home, especially if you own a food processor or kitchen aide…if not don’t let that deter you from making your own dough! It is so worth it you will forget the work right when the pizza hits your lips.
Basically Delicious Pizza Dough:
Makes 1 standard pizza stone sided pizza dough
Time: 1-2 hours largely unattended
20 oz of 00 flour- its an italian ground flour that works great in pizzas (found in most bulk sections like whole foods) You can also use Bread Flour to make this crust, and substitute up to 10 oz of whole wheat flour if you want a healthier crust, anymore, and your pizza won’t work out the way you want!
12 oz warm water
2 tsp salt
2 oz olive oil
1/2 tsp active dry yeast
2 tsp of your favorite herbs (optional, but I love to put different herbs depending on the flavors of any given pizza)
1. Put the yeast into the warm water and mix.
2. Add the flour,salt, to the food processor and pulse several times. Then add the olive oil and place the lid back on. Through the small tube in the top, drizzle steadily the water into the hole and run the food processor till a ball forms at the side of the processor. If the ball is too sticky to the touch, add a 1/4 cup flour, if the ball is too dry add a 1/4 cup water…though this is unlikely. Pull the ball out and place in a lightly oiled bowl and let rest for 20 min-2 hours. I like to put mine in the fridge for the next day wrapped. If you choose to do this, make sure the dough comes back to room temperature before rolling our your dough.
3. To roll out your dough, place dough ball on a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a circle, and then to get the edges like the pizzerias, fold in the outside of the pizza dough and press with your fingers to form a larger crust around the outside.
4. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and place the pizza dough on a preheated pizza stone, or on your own pizza sheet then prick with a fork. Cook until the center is browning, and the edges have a few brown spots. Pull out and add your favorite toppings! Place the pizza back in the oven and bake until the edges are golden brown.