Fun fact about me, growing up, we lived above my Dad’s Italian restaurant. I made my first pizza at 3 and I vividly remember it. I also remember the heat from massive black oven, the smell of tomato sauce being mixed by hand in huge white bins, and the feel of shredded mozzarella falling through my fingers onto a made to order pie. Pizza has been a part of our life and our diet for as long as I can remember and I don’t imagine that changing any time soon.
Today, I’m sharing a special recipe with you. It’s our homemade dough. We make this on Friday nights it’s enough for 4 personal size pizzas. That’s how we like to do it because that way everyone gets to make their own – customized to their tastes – and it leaves room for creativity. You can also double or triple the recipe and freeze the individual dough balls to use on future pizza nights.
- 4 cups King Arthur unbleached organic flour (you can also use white whole wheat flour, but it will make a heavier dough and crust)
- 4 teaspoons of salt
- 4 teaspoons of white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of yeast
- 2 cups of warm water
Step 1 – Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add a little more water or a little more flour to get the right consistency. As you mix, you want to get a well combined, but slightly sticky dough.
Step 2 – Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rise for 2 hours.
Step 3 – Knock the dough down then cover it with the towel and let it rise for another hour.
Step 4 – Shape into small dough balls. A little larger than a handful or about 8 oz. (see the picture)
step 5 – Place on a greased pizza pan and press the dough out. Start at the center and work the dough out into a larger, flat circle with a slightly raised edge.
Step 6 – Top with pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your favorite ingredients.
Step – 7 – Bake at 425F for 12-14 minutes. The crust should be slightly brown and the cheese completely melted.
That’s it. Our homemade pizza dough recipe. It’s not exactly the same as Dad’s restaurant – he liked to use sugar in his dough – but it makes a really great pizza.
What’s your favorite pizza topping?