17 January, 2013
Mariah’s Homemade Pizza Dough!
You can buy frozen pizza dough already made at your local supermarket, but making it by hand is so much better and not very hard at all. Here’s all you need to do:
pour 1 lb of semolina flour (or regular flour if you can’t get semolina) and pour it out onto your counter. create a well in the center so that you can pour water in it and it won’t run out and make a giant mess on your counter!
Pour in about 10 ounces of water right into the center of your flour. make sure the water is warm, around 100 degrees f (so it will activate the yeast) but not too hot or it will kill the yeast!!!
Sprinkle your 1 tsp of yeast on top and spread it out evenly with your fingers. it will begin to bubble which means your yeast is activated and is reproducing and feeding on your flour. Let that stand and work for about 10 – 15 minutes.
Now add into your well a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tbsp of sea salt and mix that in with your fingers. it will become creamy which means it’s working perfectly!
While stirring with your fingers, begin to gradually bring the walls of your well into the center but be careful not to break the wall and allow the water yeast mixture to run out!!! You also don’t want to add too much of the flour at once or you’ll have clumps
to deal with. You will actually hear the yeast as it grows and it sounds like rice crispies!
Now that the flour is mixed in enough that the liquid isnt going anywhere, begin to mix all the flour in and continue to mix in. I use a dough cutter which I like because it keeps one hand clean (thank you Julia Child for that tip!) keep mixing it in until your dough is spongy and mixed in thoroughly.
there should be some dough left on your counter which is good because you’ll need that in a minute.
Begin kneading your dough. I learned in Italy to fold the dough into itself over and over. fold it over, then push it away with the heel of your hand and repeat until it’s a nice smooth firm ball of dough. the kneading process will take about 10 minutes.
put in a bowl greased with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to allow it to rise for at least 90 minutes. it will more than double in size!
again, you can go buy frozen dough at your grocery but knowing how to make this will be a tremendous difference in your pizza!