Saturday, June 13, 2015

S'kat's Easy Pizza Dough

Total Time: 2 hrs 8 mins Preparation Time: 2 hrs Cook Time: 8 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups water (test on inside of wrist, like for a baby bottle- that's the right temp!)
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 -4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional as needed


  • 1 stir together the water, yeast and the sugar.
  • 2 let rest until the yeast foams, about 3 minutes.
  • 3 place 2 1/2-cups of the flour, salt and cornmeal in a mixing bowl and combine.
  • 4 add the yeast mixture and olive oil and stir together to form a sticky dough.
  • 5 remove from bowl and knead, adding the remaining flour a little at a time until the dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  • 6 the longer you knead, the more texture your dough will have.
  • 7 turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl.
  • 8 cover with a dry towel and place in a warm, draft free area.
  • 9 (i usually stick it in the oven. if your oven is cold, very briefly- about 1 minute- turn to highest temp, then off again, well before placing bowl in oven. let's not melt any bowls, eh?) let rise for at least one hour.
  • 10 when dough has doubled in bulk, punch back down.
  • 11 at this point, add any of the optional ingredients at end of recipe, or as desired.
  • 12 let the dough rise again, until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 13 or, if there were no extra additions, shape and add toppings.
  • 14 bake at 500°f for about 8 minutes.
  • 15 optional, but worthwhile: fresh herbs (i use basil, oregano and thyme), chopped minced garlic, parmiagiano-reggiano and extra cornmeal for texture.

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