Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 (14 Inch) pizza crusts

Ingredients

  • 3 1⁄2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups water, 110 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Directions

Combine the 3 1⁄2 to 4 cups of bread flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 envelope of yeast and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the 1 1⁄2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Cook’s Note

Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.

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