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Pizza Dough, and Variations

 
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Make your very own pizza dough with this easy to understand recipe that will turn your kitchen into an authentic pizzeria!

Yield

12

servings

Prep

Cook

Ready

Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
 

Ingredients

Standerd dough:
1 tablespoon sugar
granulated
1 cup water
warm water, 110-115 deg f
1 envelope yeast, active dry
3 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
bread, semolina, or1 ts salt
¼ cup olive oil
preferrably extra virgin
Whole wheat dough:
1 tablespoon sugar
or honey
1 ¼ cups water
warm as above
1 each yeast, active dry
envelope
*
1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
whole-wheat
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup olive oil
as above or vegetable oil
Cornmeal dough:
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup water
warm, as above
1 envelope yeast, active dry
2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
or polenta, yellow
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup olive oil
or vegetable oil
New york dough:
1 cup water
warm, as above
1 envelope yeast, active dry
3 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar or honey in warm tap water that is 110 to 115℉. (When making the New York Variation, omit the sugar and proceed as follows). Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir gently until it dissolves, about 1 minute. Let stand in a warm spot until a thin layer of foam covers the surface, about 5 minutes. Discard mixture and start over if bubbles have not formed within 5 minutes.

If making whole-wheat dough, combine the 2 flours in a bowl and use as the flour in the directions that follow.

If making the cornmeal dough, combine the flour and cornmeal in a bowl and use the mixture as the flour in the directions that follow.

To mix and knead the dough by hand: Combine 3 cups of the flour with the salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture and the oil, if using. Using a wooden spoon, vigorously stir the flour into the well, beginning in the center, and working toward the sides of the bowl, until the flour is incorporated and the soft dough just begins to hold together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust your hands with flour and knead the dough gently in the following manner: press down on the dough with the heels of your hands and push it away from you, then partially fold it back over itself. Shift it a quarter turn and repeat the procedure. While kneading, very gradually add just enough of the remaining ¼ cup flour until the dough is no longer sticky or tacky. This should take about 5 minutes. As you work, use a metal dough scraper to pry up any bits of dough that stick to the work surface. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth, elastic, and springy. Too much kneading overdevelops the gluten in the flour and results in a tough crust.

After mixing and kneading the dough, shape the dough into a ball and place it in a well-oiled bowl, turning to coat completely on all sides with oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap to prevent moisture loss and set to rise in a draft-free warm place (75-85℉) until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes for quick rising yeast to 1 to 1½ hours for regular yeast.

With your fist, punch down the dough as soon as it has doubled in bulk to prevent overrising. Shape it into a ball, pressing out all the air bubbles. If you are using bread flour or semolina flour, turn the dough in an oiled bowl to coat once more, cover again with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until puffy, from 35 minutes to 1 hour. Omit this step if using all-purpose flour.

If you cannot bake pizza withing 2 hours after rising, punch the dough down again, turn it in an oiled bowl to coat once more, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The dough can be punched down a total of 4 times and kept refrigerated up to 36 hours before the yeast is exhausted and the dough unusable. Let chilled dough come to room temperature before proceeding.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 239g (8.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 61922% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 797mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 35%
Dietary Fiber 6g 25%
Sugars g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3% Iron 35%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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