We’ve mentioned pizza dough in our posts about cast iron pizza and chocolate rolls, but we’ve never done just a basic dough post. And since we are planning to introduce some new dough-based treats in the next few posts, it seemed like a good idea to revisit this simple pizza dough recipe as part of the Back to Basics series.
The ingredients are simple and most should be readily available in your kitchen. The only one you may not have on hand is the yeast.
The first thing you will want to do is to follow the directions on the yeast packet. Essentially you want to mix the yeast in warm water and let it sit until it is fully dissolved.
Then you will mix the flour, salt and sugar together in another bowl.
To this you will add the prepared yeast, oil and butter and mix together until a dough ball forms.
Remove the ball from the bowl and gently knead it on a floured surface until smooth, adding small amounts of flour if the ball is very sticky.
Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a moist towel and allow the dough to rise until its about doubled in size (upwards of an hour). Then punch down the dough.
From here you can cut the dough in sections and use as appropriate for whatever you are making.
- 4 Cups Flour
- 1 Packet of Active Yeast (2¼ oz)
- 1&1/3 Cups Lukewarm Water
- 3 Tablespoons Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Sugar
- Add yeast to water, stir, and let sit until yeast is dissolved (about 5 min)
- Add flour, salt, and sugar to a bowl, and mix together.
- Add yeast mixture and oil to flour mixture and mix together until a dough ball starts to form. (At this point, I usually take the dough in hand and try to work in any loose flour that is still in the bowl, but I try not to work the dough too much.)
- Set dough ball in bowl, and cover top of bowl with warm, damp paper towel.
- Allow the dough to rise (I usually shoot for 30-45 minutes.)
- When dough has risen, punch it down.
- Divide dough into 3 pieces.
- Use dough as needed for whatever you are making