I was smitten by the movie, Moonstruck, once again. It was on TV on Saturday night, and even though I’ve seen it a thousand times, I couldn’t help but be drawn in.
The whole point of this journey down Moonstruck Lane is to tell you that it gave me a hankering for pizza. We usually have our regular Friday pizza night, but it didn’t happen this week. I was too busy posting to this blog.
So, Friday pizza night turned into Sunday pizza night. It has been my personal quest to perfect a homemade pizza crust and I think I am finally there.
Thanks to my good friend, JS, for her help in perfecting this pizza dough recipe.
How to make pizza dough:
The measurements are for one recipe, which makes one large pizza, but the pictures show a double recipe. I always make a double recipe so that we can make one kid-friendly and one adult-friendly pizza. Plus, we love leftovers.
Open one package of dry yeast and empty it into a large bowl.
Add warm water (they recommend 105-115 degrees – measure the temp if you’d like) and honey or sugar. Stir.
Using yeast used to scare the “H-E-double hockey sticks” out of me, but I think I finally conquered the little buggers.
Wait for about 10 minutes until there is a layer of foam on top of the water. That means the yeast has come alive (or has been activated, for those of you who are squeamish about eating living organisms). Actually, I love to watch the yeast bubble up as they come alive. Let me tell you, it is non-stop fun at the M. house!
Add all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, and olive oil. If you’re using traditional pizza toppings, also add some dried oregano. The addition of the olive oil is essential. If you don’t add it, you’ll find that you have to add a lot of flour while kneading to combat the stickiness. This will make your dough tough.
Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes.
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray, put the ball of dough in the bowl, lightly spray the top of the dough with cooking spray, and cover the bowl with a dish towel.
Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free room for an hour. It should double in size. Punch down the dough. Come on – I said, “PUNCH IT!” So satisfying!
If using the dough right away, lightly flour the counter and roll out the dough into a large circle. If not, form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Be sure to bring it to room temperature before rolling it out.
Pizza Dough Recipe
- Pour the yeast into a large bowl. Add water and honey, and stir. Let the mixture sit until foamy bubbles appear on the surface of the water, about 10 minutes. Add the flours, salt, and olive oil and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray, place the ball of dough in the bowl and lightly spray the surface with cooking spray.Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let the dough rest in a warm, draft-free room for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Punch down the dough. If using the dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll the dough into a circle. If not, form it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before rolling it out.
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