How To Make The Best Pizza Dough


The Best Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients :
1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
2 teaspoons sugar, divided
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose or 00 flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and marjoram, optional
1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil

How To Make The Best Pizza Dough :
In a small bowl, mix warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar; add yeast and whisk until dissolved. Let stand until bubbles form on surface. In a large bowl, whisk 3 cups flour, salt, remaining 1 teaspoon sugar and if desired, dried herbs. Make a well in center; add yeast mixture and oil. Stir until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead, adding more flour to surface as needed until no longer sticky and dough is smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a large greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes; transfer bowl to refrigerator and chill overnight. Allow dough to come to room temperature before rolling, about 30 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tip :
All-purpose flour is an easy choice for this recipe; but if you're willing to go the extra mile and use 00 flour (usually imported from Italy), the dough will have a noticeably silkier texture. Customize the crust and increase the flavor by adding dried herbs such as basil or oregano, and substituting garlic or onion salt for the sea salt.


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