PERFECT PIZZA DOUGH

October 2, 2012

Lean in close because I am not really sure I am allowed to say this. I think frozen pizzas are good. And I am totally not being paid to say this, but I like, really like DiGiorno’s.

I mean, you can agree. When you are really hungry and you just need as many carbs going into your stomach as possible, pizza is what you want. As much as I love a bread-y frozen pizza or takeout ‘za , I think this dough has got everyone else beat. I prefer it to any other crust I have had. By far. And I fancy myself a carbs expert.

This will change your pizza-life forever.

PERFECT PIZZA DOUGHPERFECT PIZZA DOUGH
Makes 2 pizzas

1 and 3/4 cups warm water
2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
4 cups bread flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Pour yeast into warm water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil to water. Stir together flour and salt in a stand mixer. Slowly incorporate yeast water into flour. Remove dough from mixer and knead for 5 minutes. Roll dough into a ball and place in a oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours. Punch dough down. Use immediately or freeze.

PERFECT PIZZA DOUGH
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 and ¾ cups warm water
  • 2 and ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pour yeast into warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add oil to water. Stir together flour and salt in a stand mixer. Slowly incorporate yeast water into flour.
  3. Remove dough from mixer and knead for 5 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into a ball and place in a oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.
  5. Punch dough down. Use immediately or freeze.

Adapted from Annie’s Eats.

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Comments

  • Karen

    What temp is,warm water? Thank you!!

  • Anon

    I don’t know if you deleted the directions on cooking the dough, but I would love to know the temperature and time of baking a pizza with this dough.
    Thanks in advance

    • Anonymous

      It is on the actual pizza recipe

  • Casey

    Can you substitute the bread flour for whole wheat flour?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Unfortunately not. Flours are temperamental that way!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Unfortunately not. Sorry Casey. Flours are temperamental that way!

  • Anne

    Hi Rachel,
    I wanted to make a batch of this pizza crust, but save one portion of the dough for later: have you frozen it before? Whats your process of cooking a dough that has been frozen? Do you have any tips on thawing, baking… As you can tell by the questions, I’m a newbie on the kitchen! :)

    I’d really appreciate any recommendations you’d have! Thank you!

  • Judy

    You might not want to preheat the oven as the first step as it will be 2 hours minimum before anything is ready to go in…

  • Jennifer

    Can I use Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast versus instant yeast? (I also have on hand active dry yeast, and that may be the same as instant, I’m somewhat new to the bread making process sorry. Also can I use all purpose flour versus bread flour? I’d love to try this recipe but only if I don’t have to buy special yeast and flour, only because I have the two yeast stated above on hand (I have some of the strangest things in my cabinets!!) :-)
    Thanks, Jennifer

    • Rachel Schultz

      It could work… definitely worth a try!

  • Mandy

    I’m making this right now and it’s way too wet. I’ve added two extra cups of flour and now it’s kneadable. Anyone else have a problem?

  • Marsha

    Are you sure these proportions are right? Nearly 3 cups of water to 4 cups of flour?? Is there a typo here?
    Thanks

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yep, that’s correct.

      • Anonymous

        3/4 cup water, not almost 3 cups.

        • Karen

          Doesn’t it says 1 and 3/4cup water??

  • Hi Rachel. I’ve injured my eye temporarily so please bear with me. Can I freeze pizza dough? Maybe in bunches, it’s
    Usually just me here. Thanks, Judy

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, you can!

  • Suzanne

    I’m confused………..why would you preheat the oven to 500 degrees before you make the dough and let it rise? Is this the temperature that you would bake your pizza at? Thanks……..love your recipes!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, that is the temperature to bake the pizza. This is if your dough was made in advance.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds great, just need a good sauce recipe!

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