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Make your own pizza dough!

My long lost baby has finally come home to me.  Our reunion was incredibly poignant and so emotional that I had to retire to the couch with headache meds and a compress over my eyes.  For our first few moments together all I could do was look at her, caress her, and tell her how much I loved her.  Here she is…………………

Ta Da!

Yes, finally! After years of waiting and wanting and agonizing over the price, Ben surprised me with a beautiful Empire Red KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer. All I need now is an enamel covered cast iron Dutch Oven and my life will be complete.

It was hard to pick what I would make first. I settled on something pretty easy, chocolate chip meringue cookies (yum!). Our project today is only the second time I’ve used it, but I picked something that I was never able to make before when I was stand mixer-less. Pizza dough!!

First we need to dissolve our yeast. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Active Dry or instant yeast over 1 1/2 cups of warm water. It can’t be super hot but lukewarm won’t cut it either. I got some hot tap going, poured it into a bowl and just let it sit for a minute until it had cooled just a tad.

Yeasty

Let it sit and percolate as you get the other ingredients going. We’ll be using the paddle attachment for this particular recipe, but you could also use the dough hook. Next, put 4 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon salt (Kosher if you’ve got it) into the bowl of your mixer (!!!) and mix briefly.

Now, with the mixer going at low speed, we’re going to drizzle in 1/3 cup good quality olive oil.

At this point, our yeast should be getting happy and you may see some activity in the bowl. I’ve been told this is called “blooming” the yeast. Pour the yeasty water all at once into the mixing bowl.

*Note: Pour with confidence or use a bowl with a spout. I did not pour with confidence and I think about half of my water dribbled onto my counter top instead of into the bowl. This may end up being a very thin crust pizza.

After a minute or so of mixing, you should have a soft, sticky dough come together and look something like this:

Ready dough

Grab a large bowl and brush the inside with olive oil. You want to oil it pretty heavily, but not to where oil is dribbling down the sides of the bowl. Peel your dough off the paddle and form it into a ball. I used the technique of folding dough from the top underneath instead of rolling. This seemed to work really well and I think the dough is just to sticky to try and roll it into a ball.

Place your balled dough into the oiled bowl and toss around to completely cover the dough in oil.

Ready to rise

Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

And that’s it! You can leave unused dough in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. This dough makes enough for 2 pretty good sized pizzas, but if you want to make smaller personal size pizzas, the dough would go even farther. When you’re ready, take out half (or a smaller portion) of the dough and stretch (don’t roll) it out to your desired size and until its thin but you can’t see through it. Top with your favorite toppings and bake in a 500 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

My pizza dough is resting happily in my fridge right now, but tomorrow I’ll be making my very first homemade pizza with homemade pizza sauce, Italian sausage and fresh mozzerella. My mouth is already watering.

5 Comments

  1. Meghan says:

    You have the exact same mixer as me! (Except mine wears sparkly devil horns.)

    I can’t wait to hear how the pizza turns out — I’ve been wanting to do homemade pizza crust myself (there is SO much sodium in pre-made!). Do you use a particular recipe for the sauce?

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m going to try out a sauce recipe tomorrow…I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  3. Anthony Frasco says:

    I miss you even more after reading this blog. You are a leader among men, a queen among women, a goddess among mor – frak it, you are the jam! One day I hope to sample the culinary collaboration between you and Big Red. Perhaps while watching Battlestar! HOLLER!

  4. Amber says:

    I’m so happy for you. Dreams really do come true!

  5. Halley says:

    Congratulations, she’s beautiful!!! The pizza dough looked wonderful, I hope the pizza was everything you wanted it to be! :)

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