Michaela's Perfect Pizza Dough
Cheap, Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
Love pizza? Save money by making your own low-cost and healthy pizza with my daughter's perfect pizza dough recipe.
For years - eighteen to be exact, Friday night is Family Night at our house. Home made pizza is always on the menu as well as a night of fun and relaxation together.
Pizza is not hard to make. Since Friday's are busy around our house, one of my daughter's took over the dough making process when she was just eleven.
You can make pizza dough by hand, in a bread maker or a mixer with a dough hook.
We have tried making 100% whole wheat pizza dough, but have been unsuccessful in getting it to turn out consistently, even when adding gluten. The dough is hard to work with causing frustration (at least in me!) :)
Instead we make pizza dough with 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour. It rises nicely and you can stretch it out easily in the pans.
You will need:
3 c. of flour (1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat)
1 cup warm water plus 2 tbsp
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbs. oil
2 ½ tsp. yeast
We have experimented with proofing the yeast first but it didn't make any difference in the end result.
So... she just puts the water and oil in our Kitchen Aid mixer, mixes the dry ingredients separately, adds them to the wet and turns the mixer on.
After the kneading process is over, she takes the dough out and puts it in a big glass bowl.
Cover it with a towel and let it rise in a place where it won't be disturbed. (We let it rise in our oven, but make sure you remember it's in there before turning your oven on!)
It takes about an hour and a half to rise. Once it's double in size, I take it out, cut it in half for my two pans, roll it into a ball and stretch it out in the pan.
Let it rise again before adding toppings.