Homemade pizza is the BEST!
Once you taste homemade pizza you cannot go back to frozen or delivery pizza. You have to try!
1 1/2 cups warm water, 100F, plus extra as needed
1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
Olive oil, for drizzling
Add dry yeast to 1 1/2 cups 100F warm water. 100F is the key. If the water is too hot yeast will die. I added pinch of sugar to boost the yeast. Set aside until yeast bubbles up.
Shift 5 cups all-purpose flour into large bowl. Whisk flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt together.
Meet my Kick Ass Breville Food Processor!!
I love my kick ass Breville Food Processor. My husbee bought me this and I started making homemade bread, pasta and pizza dough. I used this a lot. It’s so powerful and can handle pretty much anything. That’s the reason I call it “Kick Ass” It comes with set of blades with storage container. I’ve been looking to buy either food processor or mixer for a while. I didn’t want both. Because both are pretty big and will take up my cabinet space. I search web, read lots of reviews, what I would make and can make if I have either one of them. One day when we were at the mall, we stopped by at William Sonoma. When I saw this I said “Humangus”. yes, it is huge. But its worth the price and size. Because anything come with homemade, its delicious. No doubt.
You don’t have to have Kick Ass food processor to make dough. Most people use mixer. Or you can knead the dough with your hands.
Place dough blade. Add the yeast mixture and dry ingredient into the machine. Save the large bowl for later.
Mix until soft dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a little extra water, 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too sticky, add extra flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. I live in the very dry and hot area 1 1/2 cups water isn’t enough to form the dough. I usually add around 1/2 cup of water little by little.
It should look like this! The dough becomes smooth and elastic.
Drizzle the inside of large bowl with olive oil. Put the dough in the bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free place, like oven or microwave until the dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
After 2 hours…
Using a fist, deflate the dough in the center and cut it into 2 equal-sized pieces. Form the dough pieces into 2 balls and put into 2 oiled bowls (I re-use the large bowl). Cover each bowl loosely with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let rest for another 1 hour. Meanwhile I make tomato sauce. See Nothing can beat homemade pizza! (Part2) for tomato sauce recipe.
Its fun time! Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible and place on a baking sheet. Spread the sauce over the pizza base. Top with the shredded mozzarella and pepperoni or salami.
Bake pizza until the crusts are golden and the cheese is bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes.
If you have left over dough….
Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for up to 1 day.