Pizza Dough

BBQ Chicken Cast Iron Skillet Pizza 2I make pizza dough pretty often, because you can make so much with it. And because I love bread!  You can make a pizza with it (of course!), but it also can be used to make calzones, Pepperoni and Sausage Pinwheels, Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks or garlic knots. It only takes about 5 minutes to mix together (plus some time for rising) and here are some guidelines for how much you will need for various recipes.

 

 

8 oz. Pizza Dough (makes a 10” thin crust pizza, 8 breadsticks)
Featured recipes: Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Chicken Pizza, Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks
Ingredients:
⅓ cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
¾ tsp. yeast
1 tsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. salt
130 grams flour (approx. 1 cup)

Pepperoni and Italian Sausage Pinwheels12 oz. Pizza Dough (makes a 12-14” thin crust pizza)
Featured recipes: Hot Sopressatta Pizza
Ingredients:
½ cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 ¼ tsp. yeast
1 ½ tsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt
200 grams flour (approx. 1 ½ cup)

16 oz. Pizza Dough (makes 2 10” thin crust pizzas, calzones)
Featured recipes: Pepperoni and Italian Sausage Pinwheels
Ingredients:
¾ cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 ½ tsp. yeast
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
260 grams flour (approx. 2 cup)

cheesy-garlic-breadsticksTo make the dough:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water until frothy, approximately 2 minutes. Using the dough hook attachment, add olive oil, salt and flour and mix on low to combine. Scrape flour off sides as needed, and increase to speed 2 (low-medium) for 2 minutes, until dough clings to hook and bowl is clean. Form dough into a ball, put into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.

Tip:  dough rises best in warm, humid climates.  Since most of us prefer our homes not to be warm and humid, I create this environment in my microwave.  Take a mug full of water, and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes. After water is heated, place covered bowl in microwave with the steamy cup of water and close the door.  This will create a perfect environment for dough to rise.