Pizza is a very beloved food in my family. Probably my Dad’s favorite. When I was growing up he would use any opportunity to try and talk my Mom into pizza for dinner. My brother and I clearly were destined to grow and become pizza lovers. I think pizza is an amazing food. Almost everyone on the planet eats it. You can put pretty much anything on it. And all you need to make great pizza at home is a killer dough recipe, which I’m going to share with you today, so your children can grow up to be proper pizza lovers too.
Actually one of the things that is the most fun about making pizza at home is that it’s a really kid friendly cooking project. I put my oldest son up on the counter and let him toss all the ingredients in the Kitchen Aid. After the dough rises I give him a ball to play with and it keeps him busy for an hour! Meanwhile I roll out the rest of the dough for our personal pizzas or the family sized deep dishes (spring form pans work really well for making deep dish at home), or Stromboli or whatever. After he’s done playing with the dough I let him spread sauce (Marcella sauce makes very tasty pizza sauce), add the toppings, and then we bake. Wah-la! Dinner and afternoon busy project for the four year old! Brilliant right?
So pass on the pizza love today and give it a shot!
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110*-115*F)
- 3 cups all purpose flour + extra to roll dough
- 1/2 cup olive oil + additional to oil rising bowl
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- In the large mixing bowl of your stand mixer add yeast, sugar, and warm water. Stir gently. Allow to sit for aprox.10 minutes while yeast becomes foamy. A yeasty smell will come from the bowl when it is time to add additional ingredients.
- Add flour, olive oil, and salt. Using the dough hook mix well on low speed or the dough mix setting (3 on Kitchen Aid). Dough will form a solid, smooth, semi elastic ball.
- Lightly oil a large bowl using extra olive oil. Add the dough to this bowl. Cover using an extra kitchen towel. Transfer to a warm location to rise. Dough will double in size or more.
- After dough has risen punch it down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Kneed by hand for about two minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes before rolling out to make pizza.
- Roll out as desired for pizzas, calzones, Stromboli, etc.
- Tip: We keep our house quite cold, so it's rarely warm enough for dough to rise well. I use the 'oven' rise method to get enough heat. Turn oven on to warm before mixing dough. While dough is mixing turn off oven. When dough is mixed and in the rising bowl transfer it to the oven to rise. Oven should be OFF. The oven should be warm but not hot. The warmth allows the dough to rise, if it is too hot the dough will start to cook. If the oven is too hot leave the door ajar so it can cool slightly.