Homemade Pizza Dough: 31 Days of Simple Recipes: Day 21

by - October 22, 2011

This '31 days of Simple Recipes' series will not be complete without a recipe for pizza right? So here is an easy to make pizza dough. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and oh boy, is this easy?!! I've tried various versions of pizza dough recipes and this is the best and the easiest so far.


1 1/2 cups flour (can replace up to half of this with whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (may need up to 1 or 2 tablespoons more)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir dry ingredients, including yeast, in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil, stirring mixture into as close to a ball as you can. Dump all clumps and floury bits onto a lightly floured surface and knead everything into a homogeneous ball.

If you are finding this step difficult, one of the best tricks is to simply pause. Leave the dough in a lightly-floured spot, put the empty bowl upside-down on top of it and come back in 2 to 5 minutes, at which point you will find the dough a lot more lovable.

Knead it for just a minute or two. Lightly oil the bowl (a spritz of cooking spray perfectly does the trick) where you had mixed it — one-bowl recipe! — dump the dough in, turn it over so all sides are coated, cover it in plastic wrap and leave it undisturbed for an hour or two, until it has doubled in size.

Dump it back on the floured counter (yup, I leave mine messy), and gently press the air out of the dough with the palm of your hands. Fold the piece into an approximate ball shape, and let it sit under that plastic wrap for 20 more minutes.

Sprinkle a pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal and preheat your oven to its top temperature.
Roll out the pizza, toss on whatever topping and seasonings you like. 

Bake it for about 10 minutes until it’s lightly blistered and impossible to resist

Inspired by her (Smitten Kitchen's) grilled eggplant and olive pizza, I made a grilled eggplant and jalapenos pizza (I didn't have any olives left in my fridge). I also tried out a marrow and tomatoes pizza - sliced thin circles of tomatoes and marrow and sprinkled jalapenos and shredded mozarella. In both cases I used the garlic oil found in the above mentioned recipe. It's absolutely amazing!! 

Do read her other pizza related artciles - 10 paths to painless pizza-making; pizza, updated.

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  1. I'm not much of a cook, but I'll give this pizza dough a try :))


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