Photo: Pizza Dough

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: --
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 medium-sized thin pizza bases
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 7 cups strong white bread flour or Tipo "00" flour or 5 cups strong white bread flour or Tipo "00" flour, plus 2 cups finely ground semolina flour
  • 1 level tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dried yeast
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Directions

This is a fantastic, reliable, everyday pizza dough, which can also be used to make bread. It's best made with Italian Tipo "00" flour, which is finer ground than normal flour, and it will give your dough an incredible super-smooth texture. Look for it in Italian markets and good supermarkets. If using white bread flour instead, make sure it's a strong one that's high in gluten, as this will transform into a lovely, elastic dough, which is what you want. Mix in some semolina flour for a bit of color and flavor if you like.
Sift the flours and salt onto a clean work surface and make a well in the middle. In a large measuring cup, mix the yeast, sugar and olive oil into the water and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well. Using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands. Knead until you have a smooth, springy dough.

Place the ball of dough in a large flour-dusted bowl and flour the top of it. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for about 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size.

Now remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands - this is called punching down the dough. You can either use it immediately, or keep it, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the fridge (or freezer) until required. If using straightaway, divide the dough up into as many little balls as you want to make pizzas - this amount of dough is enough to make about six to eight medium pizzas.

Timing-wise, it's a good idea to roll the pizzas out about 15 to 20 minutes before you want to cook them. Don't roll them out and leave them hanging around for a few hours, though - if you are working in advance like this it's better to leave your dough, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator. However, if you want to get them rolled out so there's 1 less thing to do when your guests are round, simply roll the dough out into rough circles, about 1/4-inch thick, and place them on slightly larger pieces of olive-oil-rubbed and flour-dusted aluminum foil. You can then stack the pizzas, cover them with plastic wrap, and pop them into the refrigerator.

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  • on August 28, 2011

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    This is the best pizza dough and it's the only one I use. Great texture, chew, flavor - it has it all!

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  • on August 04, 2011

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    I just cannot help myself. I Love the Entire Idea of Pizza. Sweet/Savoury. However, Not Without Chef's Recipe for the Best Dough Anywhere In The World. I even Buy British Version so I Go Metric. Only Way to Cook/Bake.Chef Jamie,You Are A Life Changer.Now, Your Mum & Dad's Recipes Cookery Book, Please?

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  • on May 02, 2011

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    YUM YUM YUM! iv made probably 10 different recipes for pizza dough and i never get that super light and crispy yummy take out pizza crunch i love so much but with this i did! every spring i start a garden and i always have more tomatoes zucchini onions herbs ect. then i know what to do with. then i started making veggie pizzas! this is great for that...just add some S+P, red pepper and feta cheese and uv got a great summer dinner.

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