Pizza Dough

Posted: July 20, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Bread, Pizza
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I love making my own pizza dough, I don’t know I never got comfortable with the store bought ones. Since I can remember, I always make my own and its hardly any diffcult. You just need to throw in some ingredients, knead and let it rise. In couple of hours, you will have your own pizza dough to make a perfect pizza crust. You can also freeze this dough and use it later. Whenever I am making the dough, I always make some exta and freeze some for later use. There’s nothing better than making your own pizza crust and enjoy the goodness every bite.

Everyone has a favorite recipe and have different idea of perfect pizza crust but believe me this is the ultimate pizza crust recipe. After trying countless recipe, I think I am going to stick with this one, hence posting it here……what I love about this recipe is the dough came out so smooth and beautiful. And after baking it, it is crispy on the outside, fluffy and soft on the inside. No matter what kind of crust you what to make, thin or thick it always turned out great. Hence this is the great pizza crust recipe that is fool proof. Try it once and you will never go looking for some other recipe…I know that!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1  1/2 cup warm water ( about 100 or 110 degree F)
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Yeast showing it's magic!

Yeast showing it's magic!

Method:

  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, honey and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the 2 tablespoon of olive oil and salt to the yeast-honey-water mixture.
  • Dump the flour in a large mixing bowl, slowly adding the yeast mixture , knead the dough until smotth and no longer sticky.
  • Shape the dough into a large ball and coat lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place in a bowl and cover with a damp towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size about 1 hour.
  • After the dough has risen,  time to Knead back the dough again ,knead it to push all the air out of it.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into 3 equal parts. This will make  three 12 inch pizzas.
  • At this point, you can use the dough immediately for whatever you had planned. Otherwise, you can freeze it in a frezzer bag for later use.

Whenever you feel like having pizza at home, just take out the dough from the freezer and let it get thaw over the counter for couple of hours, throw in you favorite topping and sauce AND enjoy!! It can’t get any easier than this!! So, try out and enjoy your homemade pizza fresh from the oven. YUM!!

Pizza Recipe:

  • 1 Batch Pizza dough
  • tomato basil sauce(store bought)
  • cooked chicken breast pieces,cubed
  • cherry tomatoes(halves), green bell pepper(cubed), yellow bell pepper(cubed), Red onion(cubed), 1 garlic(crushed), 1 teaspoon chilli garlic sauce, 1 teaspoon EVOO, salt to taste.
  • grated  mozzarella cheese

While the dough is rising, toss together the veggies in olive oil, salt, crushed garlic, garlic chilli sauce and keep it aside to marinate.

Method:

  • Place pizza pan in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to highest temperature of your oven for at least 15 minutes. Shape the dough and transfer to a pizza pan dusted with semolina or cornmeal.  Spread the sauce, then place the marinated veggies on top of sauce. Sprinkle chicken and top with the grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake until the crust edges brown and cheese is golden brown in spots, about 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve!

Enjoy!!

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Comments
  1. Kuldeep Banga says:

    Can we put milk in pizza dough

    • incidentalcooksuman says:

      Normally No. Usually it just contains flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar and olive oil. But I have seen some recipes where people have used milk. So, you can definitely try there’s no harm doing it.

  2. daksha says:

    This Pizza looks so perfect….. I like to u use honey… Very nice click.

  3. Ramya says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, you have an awesome blog…I’ve been looking for a pizza base recipe, as I am not at all happy using the ready ones…thanks a lot for sharing the recipe..

  4. Rosa May says:

    There’s nothing better than homemade pizza dough! Yours looks fantastic and so does the pizza. Yummy.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Uma says:

    very well explained… home made is always the best …nice clicks!

  6. Urmi says:

    Very nicely and perfectly prepared. Wonderful recipe. Pizza looks fantastic.

  7. kankana says:

    wow .. thanks for sharing this dear. I have been wanting to make pizza at home but was worried. You just inspired me 🙂

  8. Looks perfect and fluffy!

  9. Tadka Pasta says:

    Great looking dough and pizza, what a fun thing to do with kids too!

  10. Shobha says:

    How nice to use honey instead of sugar to make the dough.

  11. incidentalcooksuman says:

    @Reshmi Mahesh: You can keep the dough frozen for up to 3 months. Coat the dough with a little olive oil, wrap it in clingfilm then put in a ziploc freezer bag and freeze.

  12. Very nice post.. thanks for sharing dear.. Lovely pictures too 🙂
    Indian Cuisine

  13. Amritha says:

    Looks delicious. Perfect pizza. Lovely pics..

  14. Rinku Naveen says:

    Too good Suman! Perfect pizza. Its my son’s fav and just loved the idea that we can freeze it too. Think I m gonna try this today itself..Thanks a ton for sharing….

  15. Namitha says:

    Home made is the best.Using honey instead of sugar is a cool idea

  16. Pizza looks so good.Will try your pizza dough for sure and let you know the outcome.

  17. rebecca says:

    oh wow perfect looking pizza and great recipe thanks for sharing

  18. Sobha Shyam says:

    wonderful post dear, homemade pizza dough is the best, adding honey is new to me, will try it next time!!

  19. Oh that rested dough looks cute …i have never made pizza dough by myself you made it sound so easy 🙂

  20. Superb recipe and the pizza has got beautiful soft crust…lovely toppings too…
    A doubt…How long can we preserve the dough in freezer.

  21. Manju says:

    nothing beats homemade dough for pizza! Loved hte title of your blog, thats what got me here 🙂

  22. Vimitha says:

    Home made pizza dough looks awesome… Thanks for sharing..

  23. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have yet to make my own pizza dough but I’ll definitely be giving it a try now!

  24. Priti says:

    Pizza looks so fab n inviting ….I too like my own then store ones

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