Many folks have been asking for the recipe we use to make pizza dough…
6 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour (exact measurements are not important, just scoop and dump)
1 1/2 TBSP kosher salt
Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl using a whisk or a fork – just to make sure the salt gets incorporated.
3 cups luke warm water (if water is too hot it will kill the yeast)
1 TBSP yeast
Mix water and yeast together and let sit until yeast gets happy and smelly.
1/8 cup olive oil
Mix olive oil with the yeast and water, using a whisk.
Pour liquid into flour/salt and mix together with a wooden spoon. The flour does not have to be entirely incorporated, nor do you have to do any kneading of the dough.
Cover bowl with a dry towel and allow to sit on the counter for a few hours. After dough has risen for an hour or so, place dough in fridge in a covered container until you are ready to use it.
For pizza made at home, take a piece of the dough out of the fridge (it’ll last around a week in the fridge but after that it starts to get a little more on the sour side) and let it sit for a few minutes before working with it. Use a decent amount of flour and a rolling pin to roll it out and then put it on a baking pan, or stretch it out directly on the baking pan. Then add toppings, etc. and bake at 450 degrees for about 10 – 15 minutes. You can also par-bake the crust if you want to add more substantial amounts of toppings.
(The original recipe from “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” is here. The only difference with turning it into pizza (instead of a loaf of bread) is this: instead of shaping it into a loaf, you simply shape it into a flat disc (about one quarter-inch thick is good to strive for but not entirely necessary), using as much flour as you need to keep it from sticking to your hands or to a pan. Add minimal ingredients on top and throw it into a 450-degree oven for about 10 minutes – could just be on a sheet pan, or a pizza stone if you’re fancy.)
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