How to make a pizza dough
I know you had a chance to eat it. I’m even confident you had a chance at least once to arrange the toppings on one for yourself. But how about making an entire pizza right from the scratch? Yes, that includes the pizza dough - the very soul of every pizza!
Now, how can I motivate you to consider this instruction of making a pizza dough as something you may actually put to use sometimes? I know this doesn’t really fit nicely into a standard picture of American way of life, especially because of the time it takes. But if you want to make a difference and impress that special someone, you better go an extra mile. Trust me, it will give you some bragging rights instantly!
Let me tell you, it will make a man more man, and a woman more woman, and a man more woman where the woman is missing. Now, did I confuse you a little? Good. Now I can start talking about pizza dough, it will seem much less complicated than that.
To make a dough, get yourself ready a 3 ½ cups of basic bread flour, 1 cup of warm water, 1 packet of active dry yeast, a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. For baking, you will need a regular oven heated on 475° F, you will not be using your microwave for this. You’ll need a pizza stone to place pizza onto, and a pizza peel which is a very handy wooden shovel-like tool that helps you place pizza onto a heated stone in your oven and take it away when it’s done.
Start off by adding dry yeast to a warm water. Now, tap water is fine, but make sure it’s not hot because yeast is a living organism and hot water may kill it and you wouldn’t get the effect of the yeast developing and doing it’s magic. Dip your finger into the water and if it feels comfortable, then it’s fine. We’re talking about 110° F max. To this mix you should also add a teaspoon of sugar so that yeast has something “to chew on” and develop. Gently stir the mix,...