Hey all…how many of you make your own pizza dough? It just tastes so much better when we make it ourselves. Store-bought is okay but often the dough remains flabby…I’m over that. My kids know the difference too, in fact they don’t even want a second piece if it’s not my dough. They are going to have to marry someone who knows how to cook…they have been spoiled.
Anyway, when I decide to throw together a pizza, it’s usually a last minute decision. Rapid-rising yeast and the food processor really help with making this a quick, painless and easy process. In no time at all I have pizza dough ready to go.
The best part, store-bought pizza dough usually costs a couple bucks. I figured with this recipe, each crust costs about twenty-five cents. What a deal!
If you have been weary about making your own dough, this is a safe recipe to try. Only five minutes of kneading required…you can do this.
This is the ball of dough before it has risen.
Placed in an oiled bowl, you can see how the dough doubles in size. Rapid-rising yeast works very quickly.
Pressed out into a circle using fingertips only…no rolling pin required. Dough is about 1/8 of an inch thick. After a couple of times, you’ll be a pro at shaping your pizza.
Quick-No Fail-Pizza Dough
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/8 teaspoon (1/8 oz) rapid-rise yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup warm water (100 - 115 degrees F)
- Place flour, yeast, sugar and salt into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse it once or twice to mix up the ingredients.
- In a pourable, glass measuring cup, combine oil and water (make sure water is between 100 and 115 degrees F). Turn on food processor and slowly pour water mixture through the feed tube. Process until a ball of dough forms. Run for another minute until dough is smooth. If dough is sticky, add another Tablespoon or two of flour through the feed tube while running. Dough should only be slightly sticky.
- Form the dough into a ball and place in an oiled medium-sized mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 45 minutes.
- Take ball of dough and knead it on a cutting board sprinkled with flour for five minutes. Place back in the oiled bowl, cover and let rise again for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a pizza pan with cooking spray or place your pizza stone in the oven. Place ball of dough on a floured cutting board, pressing it flat with your palms. Use your fingertips to continue pressing the dough (which also stretches it larger) in a circular motion until you have a 12-14" circle. Carefully place on pizza pan and fill with toppings.
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