About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Basic Pizza Dough

I've had a request for an Italian pizza dough recipe. I have not tried it, but here it is anyway:

2 1/2 tbsp fresh bread yeast or 1 1/2 tbsp active dried yeast
1 c lukewarm water
pinch of sugar
1 tsp salt
3 - 3 1/2 c plain flour, preferable strong

Serves 4 as a main course or 8 as an appetizer

1. Warm a medium mixing bowl by swirling some hot water in it. Drain. Add yeast and warm water. Stir in sugar, mix, allow to stand for 5 - 10 min.

2. Mix in salt and 1/3 of flour. Mix in another 1/3 of flour.

3. Sprinkle some of the remaining flour onto a smooth surface. Remove dough and knead, working remaining flour in a little at a time. Knead for 8 - 10 minutes. Form into a ball.

4. Lightly oil a mixing bowl. Place dough in bowl and stretch a damp towel over top. Leave to stand in a warm place until dough has doubled in size, about 40 min.

5. Punch the dough to release air.

6. Pat the ball of dough out into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Roll out to size of pizza pan.

7. Place in lightly oiled pan, folding edges to make thicker edges.

This dough can be used for focaccia, breadsticks, and calzones. The dough may be frozen as well.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! I might make it this weekend...I will let you know how it turns out and will be a good judge of it's authenticity!