Want to know how to make pizza dough? Those who are partial to all kinds of pizza – takeaway pizza, shop bought, frozen pizza, any pizza – may be interested to learn that not only is it way healthier to make your own, but it can also work out cheaper (and more tasty!). Once you've mastered the skill of making pizza dough, your homemade efforts will be way more enjoyable than anything your local convenience store can offer.
It's easier than you might think. All you need is a handful of ingredients and the willingness to get your hands dirty. And once your pizza dough is ready – this should take no longer than 15 minutes – you're free to top with whatever takes your fancy.
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How to make pizza dough
Can you freeze pizza dough?
Yes! Once your dough has risen, split into balls – each one large enough to make a single pizza base – wrap in cling film and store in the freezer for up to three months. This is a great option if you're looking for easy, midweek meals.
- Strong white flour or '00' flour, 125 grams to make one pizza base. For a lighter, more authentic pizza base, we'd recommend '00' flour, which can be found in most large supermarkets, or Italian delis
- Lukewarm water, 100ml
- Yeast, 1/4 teaspoon
- Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
- Sugar, 1/2 teaspoon
- Olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon
1. Carefully sift your flour and salt into a large mixing bowl, or straight onto a clean surface if you have space and feel confident in your abilities. Make a small well in the centre.
2. Add your lukewarm water, along with yeast, sugar and olive oil, to a jug. Then, leave it to activate for a moment or two.
3. Pour the liquid solution into the well and gradually fold in the flour. As soon as it starts to come together, ditch your utensil of choice in exchange for your hands. This is where the fun begins!
4. Knead your dough for 10 to 12 minutes, or until you achieve a soft, bouncy consistency. If your dough feels too sticky, don't be afraid to add a little more flour. But, be mindful not to add too much, too quickly.
5. Place your dough in a clean mixing bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel for around an hour, this should give your dough chance to rise.
6. Once your dough has had the chance to rise, give it one final knead on a freshly flour-dusted surface. Then, if you're dealing with enough dough for multiple pizzas, split into balls large enough to form a single base.
7. Roll out your pizza dough using a flour-covered rolling pin. Then, top with any toppings and send to the oven for 10to 15 minutes at a medium heat. Or, until golden brown.
Pizza topping ideas
Start with a base of passata. Then, add whatever toppings take you fancy. We love the idea of roasted vegetable and goats cheese, parma ham and mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella or grilled chicken and veg.
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