Nothing beats pizza. Nothing.
But – sometimes I find myself craving something “healthy” and homemade.
Thankfully, this pizza dough meets both those criteria in my eyes! Throw on some marinara sauce, buffalo mozz, and a fleck of basil – and voila!
Or perhaps drizzle it in olive oil, spread a generous layer of cheese over top, and cover in pancetta.
For two large pizzas, you will need:
– 3 1/2 cups flour. NOTE: I tried this recipe once with 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 bread flour, and another entirely with bread flour. All purpose flour will make a more doughy and chewy crust. While bread flour will make a crispier crust. Personally, I preferred the bread flour.
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1 envelope of instant dry yeast (Fleischmann’s has a “pizza crust” kind)
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1 1/2 cups hot water
– 2 Tablespoons olive oil + a bit for drizzling
Step One: Mix flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
Step Two: If you have a mixer, throw on the dough hook and begin to add the water and olive oil to the dry mix. If not, just knead it by hand.
Step Three: Once the dough has made a shaggy ball, toss it onto a floured surface and knead it until smooth. Place into a bowl greased with olive oil, wrap and chill for 45mins-1 hour in the fridge. You can chill it up to 3 days for a super bubbly, chewy, and more flavourful crust.
Step Four: Remove from fridge and slice into two portions. Gently roll each portion into a rough square shape, then use your hands to tug the dough outwards from the centre, stretching it into your final pizza shape.
Step Five: Bake at 500F for approximately 6-10 minutes. Remove, add toppings, then bake for another 5-10. If you’ve got a pizza stone, this is the time to use it! Place your dough onto a piece of parchment, and lay it directly on top of the stone. Otherwise, a cookie sheet or pizza tray will do.
You’ll be feeling pretty Italian by the end of the night!
A crunchy layer of crust. Bubbling soft, moist mozzarella. Warm marinara sauce. A girl couldn’t ask for more!
Now, if someone could get their hands on the Cibo pizza dough recipe for me…