When I first started to THINK about making my own bread ANYTHING. I was absolutely floored at how easy and inexpensive it is. I always wondered, why you wouldn’t just buy it and make it super easy. One less thing to deal with right? Make someone else do the work, you reap the benefits. Honestly, that’s all well and good. I still LOVE making my own bread. I can’t help it, their is something about dough that is just so satisfying. Like playing with..well. Playdough as a kid. You can do almost ANYTHING. That’s what I love, because then it sparks my imagination. How can I change it? How can I make something so simple, even BETTER? That is why I make my own pizza dough. Simplicity is in the crust! So imagine a light, airy, almost flakey crust that gets beautifully golden brown.
The Goal of a Good Crust
The goal of a good crust is simple. It needs to be delicious. No, no, no…thats not all. Now, the crust needs to cook well, be nice and airy and have a nice “bounce” to it. This happens when you kneed the dough.Basically, what you are doing is creating layers and pockets that make it so light and airy.
Delicious Basic Pizza Dough
Servings: 2 lrg/4 reg pizzas
Why waste time and money going to a grocery store when you can make your own pizza dough right at home with very little time and effort.
2 cups warm water
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
5 cups flour – divided in half
Mix warm water & yeast and let sit for 5 mins till proofed (frothy)
Add 2 1/2 cups of flour with proofed yeast and mix well
Add additional 2 1/2 cups flour & salt
Knead dough until smooth
Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rest for 10-20 mins
Remove the dough and knead for 1 minute
Split into 1/2’s (for large pizzas) or 1/4’s for regular pizzas