Basic Pizza Dough
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins
- Serves: 16
- Average Rating: 2/5
- 1 cup lukewarm water (105°-115°F)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 3 1/2 cups unbleached or all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Lightly coat a large bowl with nonstick spray.
In a glass measuring cup, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
In a food processor or bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine 3 1/4 cups of the flour and the salt. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture and oil through the feed tube. Process just until the dough comes together in a slightly sticky mass. If using an electric mixer, mix on low speed for 2 minutes, or until the dough comes together in a slightly sticky mass.
Turn onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for 4 to 7 minutes, adding the remaining 1/4 cup flour, if necessary, to prevent sticking, until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball.
Place in the prepared bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled.
Punch the dough down. Shape into two balls.
Recipe TipsTo store the dough, place each ball in a resealable plastic bag, pressing out excess air. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for up to 3 weeks.Bring the dough to room temperature before shaping. This recipe can also be divided into 4 small crusts (6" diameter) or 2 thicker crusts (9" diameter).