Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bake or Freeze Pizza Dough Recipe

One day I said to myself, "I should make my own pizza dough to keep in the freezer like they do at Trader Joe's."  So from then on I started doubling the recipe so that I would have extra dough to freeze for the next time.  It's not any more work to make a bit more,  and it's nice to have it on hand. 
Bake or Freeze Pizza Dough
 (Recipe at the end of post)
Put 2 envelopes of yeast into 2cups of lukewarm water.  Sprinkle with sugar (this feeds the yeast and helps it get big and strong).  

Add the yeast to the flour, oil and sugar waiting in the mixing bowl.  Using bread flour instead of all-purpose flour gives your pizza crust a better chance of being crispy.

Once it is combined and the dough is coming away from the mixing bowl cleanly, take it out and knead it a bit until it is smooth. 

Put it back into the bowl so it can rise. 

Spray the top lightly with cooking spray and lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the top so that it won't stick to the towel that goes on top while it rises.
Set the bowl into  the oven, which was preheated to 200° and then turned off.  This creates a nice warm environment for the dough to rise.

Once it has doubled, take it the pizza dough out and knead it a few times. Shape it into a log and divide it into 4:

make each section into a ball:

Let rise again:
At this point you can either use the pizza dough or wrap it/put it into a ziploc bag and freeze it for later use.

You can take a ball and divide it into 4 if you want to make mini pizzas.

Load it up with your favorite toppings and.....



 Bake or Freeze Pizza Dough
2 packages yeast
2 cups lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
8 cups bread flour
4 T oil
1 tsp salt
2 T sugar

Some of my family's favorite topping combinations beyond the usual ham and pineapple or cheese:
  • Rosemary ham, artichoke hearts, pitted kalamata olives & crumbled feta
  • Caramelized onions, boiled potato slices and fontina
  • Oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, cooked broccoli and shredded mozzarella
  • BBQ shredded chicken and Monterey jack cheese
What do you like to put on your pizza?

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