How to make pizza dough

How to make pizza dough

How to make pizza dough

While it may sound like hard work, authentic homemade pizza is delicious. Whether having a movie marathon or treating the kids, pizza always goes down well and is actually relatively easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 7g of dried yeast, (one sachet)
  • 25ml of olive oil
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 250ml of water
  • 500g of strong white flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Method

1
In a small bowl, mix the yeast, olive oil, sugar and water together
2
Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well
3
Pour the yeast mixture into the well and use a wooden spoon to combine
4
When the mixture starts to come together, use your hand to form a dough
5
Place the dough on to a lightly floured work surface
6
Knead the dough until it is smooth and springy – this should take roughly 10–15 minutes
7
Place in a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size – this will take about 60 minutes
8
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and ‘knock it back’ by briefly kneading again
9
Roll the dough out with a rolling pin to 0.5cm thick and garnish with your choice of topping

Variations

You could try substituting some of the flour for polenta or semolina for more of a crunch.

Get some inspiration for toppings with Paul Ainsworth's pizza Giardinera or pizza Caprino recipes.

Pastry can make a great alternative to pizza dough as seen in Sally Abe's recipe for Puff Pastry Pizzas.