Easiest and Best Pizza Dough

Oh, how I wish I didn’t love pizza. While I may never look like a supermodel, I do believe if not for pizza I could actually be the weight of a supermodel. Alas, it will never happen. I will never break up with pizza, even though he is an abusive boyfriend who sometimes makes me feel very, very bad about myself. Pizza and I have a pathetic, unhealthy, codependent relationship, and I’ve made my peace with that.

As you can imagine, I have tried every version of a homemade pizza crust under the sun, and I have determined that this recipe from Giada is the very best of the bunch. Giada calls this crust tender, and I think that’s the perfect description. I realize that pizza is a very personal thing. In reading the reviews, I see that not everyone loves this recipe as much as I do, but keep in mind the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Personally, texture counts for everything in my pizza crust, and I consider it a blank canvas for my toppings.  I am not looking for any strong flavors, and that seems to be the biggest criticism of the negative reviewers — not flavorful enough. To them, I say, “Try Domino’s.” Did I mention I’m also an opinionated snob?

The strange part about this recipe is that it does not mention oven temperature or cooking time. On my original torn-out Bon Appétit magazine page in my binder, I have “Bake at 475 for about 15 minutes” written in pen. I am not sure where I came up with that, or why there are no instructions on the link I provided. Isn’t that strange? Anyway, I usually preheat a pizza stone, bake the dough for about five minutes, then add the toppings and put it back in the oven for another ten minutes.

Pizza Dough by Giada DeLaurentiis, Bon Appétit, March 2007

Printable recipe here

Ingredients

3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. KNEAD dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. PUNCH down dough. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. ROLL out dough according to recipe instructions. (Start in center of dough, working outward toward edges but not rolling over them.)

You can see how the dough has doubled in size in one hour. Now it’s ready to punch down and roll out.

 

Can we please admire this beautiful maple rolling pin from Vermont Rolling Pins? Hand crafted and made in Vermont.

Few things make me happier than pepperoni pizza.

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