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Weeknight Pizza Dough

Quick rise pizza dough
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 Thin Pies

Equipment

  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Dough Scraper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Instant read thermometer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water 105 - 115 degrees
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/8 cup Olive Oil or Avocado Oil plus extra for greasing bowl
  • 3 cups bread flour can substitute all-purpose
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine warm water, sugar and yeast in a glass measuring cup. Allow it to rest undisturbed for a few minutes until the yeast becomes bubbly. If you do not see the yeast frothing or bubbling after 2-3 minutes, you may have to start over as your yeast is not active.
  • Add olive oil or avocado oil into yeast mixture.
  • Pour yeast mixture in to the bowl of a stand mixer or mixing bowl if you are using a hand-mixer.
  • Sift together flour and salt in a separate bowl. Make sure the salt is evenly distributed in the flour.
  • Add the flour and salt mixture to the yeast mixture 1/2 half a cup at at time mixing well between additions. Continue adding the flour until the mixture can be pulled away from the bowl with a dough scraper. The dough will be very sticky, this is the correct consistency. You may need to add a bit more flour if it feels wet, but you do want it to stick to your fingers. Stop mixing at this point and scrap the dough into a loose ball.
  • Use olive oil to grease a bowl that is at least twice the size of the dough ball. Using a dough scraper, transfer the dough ball into the greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp towel or plastic wrap. Leave it at room temperature to rise for about 1 hour. If your room is warm it may rise faster, or cool a bit slower so check your dough around the 45 minute mark and adjust time from there.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. I use a silicone mat that is for bread and pie dough making. Pull the dough from the bottom up over the top, working in a circle until you have it pulled into a rough ball shape. Flip it over so it is a smooth ball.
  • For 2 thin crust pizzas (12 - 14")cut the dough in 1/2 (each half will be roughly 3/4 of a pound) or for a thick more bread like crust use the entire dough ball for one 14" thick crust pizza. Roll the dough into a round or rectangle shape to fit your pizza pan.
  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place rolled dough on prepared pizza pan, and top with favorite sauce and toppings. Bake for 15 minutes if thin crust, or longer for thicker crust pizza.
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