I’m finally getting around to posting our first recipe – pizza dough. We froze it and made it into pizza the next week. It was so fun and now you can do it at home to if you feel so motivated.

 

 

PIZZA DOUGH

(Makes enough for two 8” pizzas. This recipe doubles easily.)
¼ cup warm water (110 degrees)

1T dry active yeast

pinch granulated sugar
1 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees

2 Tbsp melted butter or oil
2 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp salt
3 – 3.5 cups all purpose flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put warm water into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over, then sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let sit for five minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the melted butter or oil to the milk in a small saucepan. Warm the milk/butter mixture on the stovetop over medium low heat, stirring frequently. It should be warm to the touch, not hot. Liquids over 120 degrees will kill the yeast, so if the milk gets too hot be sure to cool it before adding it to the dough.
  3. Add milk/butter mixture to the proofed yeast. Add the sugar, the salt and 2.5 cups of flour. Stir with a spoon until it comes together.
  4. Dust the surface of your workspace with flour. Turn the dough out of the bowl and generously sprinkle flour over. Flour your hands and begin to knead, adding more flour gradually as necessary to keep dough from sticking. Don’t add too much flour, however, as this will make the dough tough.
  5. Knead for at least five – ideally, ten – minutes. (You can make this dough in a standing mixture if you prefer. Use the dough hood attachment and knead on medium speed for five minutes.)
  6. Shape dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set into a warm, draft-free spot. Let dough rise until doubled in size, approximately one hour.
  7. Punch down dough and turn out onto lightly floured work surface. Divide into two balls and let rest for five minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  8. Now you’re ready to make pizza !
  9. Place dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Use your hands to press each ball of dough into a circle 8 inches in diameter. Build up the edges slightly. Spread pizza sauce over center of pizza, add desired topping(s) and cheese(s), and lightly brush edge of crust with oil (you can use your fingers to apply the oil if you don’t have a brush.)
  10. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool for a few minutes before slicing.
  11. Eat!
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