Homemade Pizza Dough in Five

• 24 July 2012

If you're picking up dough at Trader Joe's or spending hours on a time-consuming pizza dough recipe, you may be interested to know you can have the best of both worlds in one recipe.  Yes, it's true...homemade, delicious pizza dough can be made in a matter of minutes.  Five to be exact.

A couple who lived a few blocks from us in San Francisco gave us the recipe when we moved from the city.  They used to live in Italy and brought this easy, delicious pizza dough recipe back with them and oh how grateful we are for that!  I've changed the recipe in a few ways, so the recipe you see below is a close adaptation.  I have to tell you that I will likely never stray to another recipe as I can't imagine anything more delicious in such a short period of time.  Lately, it's all about tasty timesavers in my kitchen :)

See the recipe after the jump...say "hello" to an easy, family dinner or a fun idea for an upcoming dinner party (individual pizzas).  Enjoy!
Homemade Pizza Dough in 5 
makes enough dough for a family of 3/4; double if your family is larger
hands on time: 5 minutes; total time is 65 minutes

1 teaspoon fine corn meal, divided (optional)
1 cup very warm water 
1 tablespoon active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper (optional: sprinkle each lined cookie sheet with 1/2 teaspoon of cornmeal as well).  Set aside.

Place the yeast and sugar in a small bowl.  Pour the very warm water on top and allow to sit on the counter for 5 minutes.  In another (larger) bowl, place 2 cups of flour.  Sprinkle the flour with sea salt and then drizzle the olive oil on top.  Mix.  

Once the yeast/sugar/water mixture is full and foamy, pour it on the flour mixture and mix until the dry mixture is fully incorporated.  This will take only a minute.  Cover with a damp dish towel (use hot water) and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for an hour.  

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour on top of the dough.  Using a spatula, move the flour around the dough, before dropping it on a lightly-floured surface.  Roll the dough out to desired shape with a rolling pin (or "throw" it like a pro if that suits you better!).  Place shaped dough on the cookie sheets and top with your favorite sauce, vegetables, meats and cheese.  Slide into the oven for 15 minutes to bake. 

image by me 


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