Greetings! Today I made my “Home Made Pizza Dough” with an extra ingredient-Rosemary. I simply ran the rosemary thru the blender and used the fine powder grains. I put the entire jar thru the blender to allow the machine something to work with. After the dough was mixed, I kneaded it in. You could add it to the wet batter before kneading, but I thought of it after the fact.
Here’s my Pizza Dough Recipe my Dad taught me when I was only 8:
Note- I’ve never used a bread machine in my life- if you want to use yours, use the same proportions but take it out of the machine for rising and baking.
- 4 cups sifted all purpose or bread flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1-1/3 cup warm water
- 2 packages yeast- or 1 TBSP yeast from a jar (packaged for bread machines)
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 TBSP olive or vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp. ground Rosemary
- Put the 1-1/3 cups warm water in a glass measuring cup or small bowl. Add yeast, and sprinkle the sugar. Let yeast activate. ( It foams up in a few minutes) Make sure your water is warm- not hot. Too hot water will kill the yeast.
- Sift 4 cups of flour into a large bowl. Set aside 1 cup of this flour for kneading.
- Stir the salt well into the flour.
- Pour the water/yeast mixture in the center of the 3 cups flour, add oil. Mix well with large fork.
- Turn out dough onto clean counter top or pastry board, dusted with some of the remaining cup of flour.
- Knead in remaining flour. (about 10-15 minutes) Kneading is a technique requiring practice, but any one can do it! To Knead, sprinkle dough with flour, and use the balls of both hands to press the flour into the dough. Turn dough a quarter the way around, adding small amounts of dough as you go. Keep this up until you have used all your flour. Dough should feel satiny, not sticky when done. It will have a springy feel to it. If your kitchen is cold, your dough may not respond well. I made a batch in the winter, and the dough felt tough. But we made the pizza anyway!
- Lightly oil a clean mixing bowl, preferably glass- since metal can be cold- and turn the dough into the bowl; sparingly oiling the ball as you do so.
- Cover the dough with a clean lint free dish towel. Run it under hot water and wring out the excess. try not to let the towel fall down in the bowl.
- Set the dough to rise in a place away from drafts. The oven without the heat on is perfect! If you have to use the oven for something else, the microwave is another good place.
- In about 1 hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Punch it down, roll back into a ball, and cover as before, let it rise another hour.
You now have your pizza dough! You can divide the dough in half and freeze the other half in a 1 gallon freezer bag. Just set it out to defrost the morning you want it for dinner.
To make your pizza-
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- On a floured surface, use your rolling pin to roll out your dough. It will take a bit of effort, as the dough likes to creep back on you. Keep turning as you roll, until it fits the pan.
- Lightly oil a pizza pan. Place rounded shape into pan, and push up the edges all around.
- You can Pre-bake the crust for a crispy pizza for 5 minutes, or just go ahead and put your toppings.
- Spoon a few TBSP. Chef Boy-Ardee’s Pizza Sauce, or your own preferred sauce. Spread evenly out to the edges.
- Layer some shredded Mozzarella Cheese over the sauce, REPEAT.
- Add any toppings you wish.
- Finish with a final sprinkling of cheese to bind it all together.
- BAKE at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 mins. If you pre-baked your crust, you should shorten the baking time. Keep a close watch until you know how your own oven bakes your pizza.