January 30, 2012

Homemade Pizza Dough


Here it is folks, the moment you've all been waiting for!  Are you ready?

It's stand mixer time!  It's pizza dough without the kneading, press a button and it's done, walk away and do something else, pizza dough time!  

But you might need a refresher.  Remember this?



She's beautiful.  And large.  It takes up more space than my kitchen has to offer but I love it.  Every single bit of it!

The first thing I made with my stand mixer was Alton Brown's pizza dough recipe.  It starts with salt and olive oil in the bowl of the stand mixer.


Meanwhile, add some warm water and a package of active dry yeast to a measuring cup and add some sugar.  Let that foam for a couple of minutes, then add to the salt and olive oil.  

Next add some bread flour to the bowl and mix on low with the paddle attachment, just until the dough comes together.  


When the dough comes together, attach the dough hook and mix on medium until the dough forms a ball around the hook.


Let the mixer run for about 10-15 minutes.  Walk away and do something.  Or watch in amazement as a machine does all of your work.  Next, take a piece of the dough and stretch it out thinly.  If you can see light through the dough without it breaking, it's done!  Add some oil to a large bowl and add the dough to the bowl.  Cover with a dishtowel and let sit in a warm place for at least an hour.


When the dough has doubled in size, split the dough in half and put one half in a zippered bag and refrigerate for up to 3 days.  I actually liked the dough better after a couple of days, after it had aged a bit.  I made a barbecue pizza that was delicious.


With the other half, make some pizza!  I split the remaining dough again and made two small personal pizzas by topping them with our desired toppings and baking in a super hot oven until the dough was fully cooked and crispy.  Toppings are up to you, but I made one with a variety of cheeses for the boy, because he's a pizza purist, and one with bacon and blue cheese for me, because I like bacon and blue cheese.  That's all.  


The dough was delicious and crispy and chewy and homemade in a stand mixer.  I loved it!


I only remembered to take a picture after we ate half of the pizzas.  We were too excited for homemade pizza to wait!


I don't know if you can tell or not, but I'm totally in love with this stand mixer.  There will be many more recipes to come, I promise.  However, if you do not have a stand mixer, you can totally do this by hand, and just knead the dough for about 5 minutes until you can see light through a piece of it.  See above.  


Here's the recipe!

Homemade Pizza Dough (Slightly adapted from Alton Brown)


Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil, plus more for oiling the bowl
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • Whatever toppings you want!
Method
  1. Place sugar, water, and yeast in a measuring cup. Stir and set aside. Let sit until the yeast begins to foam.
  2. Meanwhile, add salt and olive oil into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the yeast mixture and bread flour. Mix on low with the paddle attachment, just until the dough comes together.
  3. Remove paddle attachment. Spray dough hook with cooking spray then attach to stand mixer. Mix on low until the dough forms a ball then raise speed to medium and let mix for 10-15 minutes. Test the dough by taking a piece and stretching it with your fingers. If you can see light through the dough without it tearing, it's done.
  4. Oil a large bowl with olive oil and place dough in the bowl. Cover with a damp dish towel and place in a warm place. Let rise until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. When the dough has finished rising, split in half and reserve half the dough by placing it in a plastic bag and refrigerating it.
  6. Top the other half of the dough with your desired toppings and bake in a 500 degree oven for about 7-10 minutes.
Enjoy!

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