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Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough is a delicious base for endless possibilities. You'll want to bring this easy make ahead recipe into regular dinner rotation. It's irresistible.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pizzas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1-1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 25 mg chewable children's vitamin C tablet
  • 1 tablespoon (11 grams) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) sugar
  • 4 cups (454 grams) all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1 packet (7 grams) instant yeast

Instructions

  1. Crush up the vitamin C tablet and add it, along with your warm water, to the bowl of a stand mixer. Give it a little stir to dissolve the vitamin C.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, and mix on low with your dough hook for about two minutes or until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the side of the bowl. Then just leave the dough to rest for about fifteen minutes. This is a great time to clear away all your measuring devices.
  3. After the dough has rested, switch your mixer back on to medium-low and let it mix for about five minutes until you have a nice smooth dough. 
  4. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and knead it by hand for a minute just to make sure it's all come together properly. Form it into a ball, and place this in an oiled mixing bowl, turning the dough ball over once to coat it in the oil. Cover this with a clean towel and leave it on the counter for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. When your dough is nice and puffy, give it a good punch and shape it back into a ball again. Just put this back in the bowl, cover with some plastic wrap, and pop it in the fridge for a day.
  6. The next day, you can take your dough out of the fridge. The nice slow rise will have helped lots of good flavor develop. Punch the dough down and divide it into four roughly equal pieces. Shape each of these into a ball. You can then store these, individually wrapped, in the fridge for up to a week until you're ready to eat them.
  7. If you're making pizza now, leave however many dough balls you need out on the counter to rise for an hour. Pre-heat your oven to 500 F (250 C). It'll take a while to get that hot.
  8. I baked my pizzas on an oiled baking sheet. If you have a pizza stone, you could go that route. I shaped my dough just by stretching it with my hands to fit onto my rectangular baking sheet. Use what you got and get creative.
  9. Top your pizza dough however you like, then bake for 5-10 minutes. Just keep an eye on it. The cook time will vary depending on the shape, size, and what it's being cooked on. Plus, everyone likes their pizza at varying degrees of brown-ness. If you have a fancy pizza oven, I'm sure this dough would be amazing, but I just have a normal oven.
  10. Serve hot. Don't burn your mouth on molten cheese. Famous last words.

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Notes

If you're not using instant yeast, don't forget to wake your yeast up in a little warm water before adding it to the dough.

Keywords: Pizza, Dough

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