Pizza Dough

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make pizza dough. It’s very easy and quick to make up a batch. I haven’t made too many homemade pizzas as the Hubby is not a fan of the pre-made dough available. Since I got the Ninja 8-in-one oven, I have been trying all sorts of recipes in it. I wanted to try making some pizza dough, but was always a little leery of doing so.

I discovered it was really wasn’t hard at all! I picked a simple recipe, enough for a 12″ square and it only rises for 30 minutes. I’m sure there are more intricate and all sorts of specialty doughs, but if you want something quick and delicious, this recipe works perfectly.

Homemade Pizza

As a side bonus, it made for a thin-crust pizza, that stayed firm when held, instead of drooping over and having the toppings slide off. I also made a quick pizza sauce that contained:

Quick Pizza Sauce

  • 6 kalamata olives
  • 6 or 7 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 213ml pizza sauce

Spread in a thin layer over the dough, it added flavor without making the dough soggy.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (can also use quick rise)
  • 1/2 cup water (95° to 110°F)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup "00" pasta flour (plus an additional 1/4 cup)

Instructions

  • Add the yeast to the water, stirring until dissolved. Let sit as you prep everything else.
  • Add the salt, sugar, and oil to the yeast mixture and stir to mix.
  • Put the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast mix, and using the dough hook, mix on medium for about 3 minutes. If it's still sticky, add a couple tablespoons and beat for another minute. Repeat if necessary. until the dough is not sticky.
  • Place in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough over so it's lightly coated in oil. Cover and let sit somewhere warm for 30 minutes.

Making a Pizza 1

  • Well oil a 12 inch round or square pan and push the dough in an even layer to cover.
  • Top with a thin layer of sauce (too much and it gets soggy!) and toppings of choice.
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes until the crust is crispy.

Making a Pizza 2 - With a pizza stone (Best Way)

  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to the size of your pizza stone.
  • Preheat a pizza stone as you preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Using gentle pressure with your fingers, spread the dough to cover the parchment circle.
  • Have all the desired toppings prepped and ready to go.
  • When the stone is preheated, remove and spray lightly with oil and then sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Gently flip the dough onto the cornmeal.
  • Put on the toppings as desired, then bake for 20-25 minutes until crusty is crispy.
  • Remove the pizza stone from the oven using tongs to pull the pizza onto a cutting board, slice, and serve!

Notes

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