From The Kitchen of A Military WIfe

Pizza Dough

Posted on: February 7, 2010

This is the recipe I use for making Pizza Crust.  It is also the dough which I used to make My Pizza Bites I have finally found the secret to making great pizza dough and I am very excited to share it with all of you! Don’t be intimidated by using yeast!

Here are the pizza bites I made using this dough:

1/2 cup HOT water (I microwaved mine for 3 minutes in a mug)
1 envelope instant yeast (a little over 2 teaspoons)
1 1/4 cup room temperature water
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 cups bread flour (don’t use all purpose, the bread flour works much better)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Place you 1/2 cup of water in a mug and microwave it for 3 minutes to make it very hot.  Add the package of instant yeast and stir well. Let the yeast sit in the hot water for 5 minutes or until it is completely dissolved (MINIMUM of 5 minutes).  In a small mixing bowl add the room temperature water, olive oil, and the hot yeast water.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.  In a medium mixing bowl add the bread flour and the salt. Mix well. Using your hands or the PADDLE attachment of an electric mixer (if you only have the standard beaters do not use your electric mixer for this!) combine the liquid mixture with the flour.  Once it is thoroughly mixed you are going to knead the dough.  I like to do this on my cutting board so it makes less of a less.  Sprinkle a bit of bread flour on the cutting board and begin kneading the dough.  You need to knead the dough for 10 minutes.  Do not do it for a shorter amount of time this is very important.  If you don’t know how to knead dough check out this youtube tutorial i found.  Now wash the medium mixing bowl you were previously using.  Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl.  Make your bread dough into a ball and coat it thoroughly in the oil which is in the bowl.  Now you need to let the dough rise. For this you have two options.
1.  Cover the dough bowl with saran wrap and place the dough in a sunny spot of your home
2. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and then turn your oven off.  Cover the dough bowl with saran wrap and place it in the oven.  Make SURE that the oven is off before you do this.  You want the oven to be warm but not to actually be on.  [This is my preferred method]
The dough needs to rise for a MINIMUM of three hours.  I have found that the dough is much better when you let it sit overnight (6-8 hours)
After it has risen use the dough like you would normally 😀 Cook as directed on your recipe. ENJOY!

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Welcome Everyone! I'm Alicia and I am a military wife currently living in Hawaii. I LOVE cooking and everything it involves :D This blog is here to show you that you can make AMAZING food in your own house :) For much less money than what you would pay if you went out at a restaurant. I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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