Monday, March 17, 2014

Mom's Pizza Dough

This is my go-to recipe for pizza dough. It has never failed!
And it's special to me because it is from my dear mother who taught how to make pizza [among a million other things].

*Makes 2 large pizzas
[I often half the recipe to make 2 medium pizzas. 1 medium pizza serves Jay and I perfectly.]
  • 2 ½ C warm water
  • 2 TBS yeast
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 3 TBS oil
  • 6 C flour
Turn on oven to 200 degrees. Turn off after 10 minutes.
Mix yeast and water in small bowl. Set aside.
Mix remaining ingredients in a large [oven safe] bowl. 
Add yeast-water mixture to the large bowl. Mix well.
Cover the bowl with foil, then set in warm oven.
Let dough rise for at LEAST 30 minutes. [For best results I let it rise for about 5 hours.]
Place dough on a large floured surface. Knead; roll out and shape into a large circle.
Turn on oven to 200 degrees. Turn off after 10 minutes.
Transfer rolled out dough onto a pizza pan. Knead and re-shape if needed. 
Place pan in the oven and let rise for 15 minutes. 
Remove from oven. Add desired toppings. [Our favorites are good ol' fashioned pepperoni, bacon ranch and avocado, or BBQ chicken.]
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 to 20 min, until crust is golden.

*This dough freezes really well. So once the dough has risen you can take whatever amount you want to use, then freeze the rest to use another time. When thawing out the dough, let it thaw in the fridge [place it in fridge night before].

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