July 6, 2015

Simple Pizza Dough

Unfortunately this recipe is not gluten-free, but it is a really simple recipe for anyone else who does eat gluten. Most pizza dough balls from the store aren't very pliable, and I've had a lot of trouble working with them in the past, but this pizza dough was incredibly easy to make and work with! The crust ended up being pretty crispy but since I let it rest for over 4 hours before baking, it rose quite a bit, and was a bit airy as well (this recipe isn't for anyone who's looking for a chewy, breadstick-like crust).

Recipe; Simple Pizza Dough
Original from: AllRecipes.com
Adapted By: Hannah Claudia

2.25 tsp of active dry yeast (about 1 package)
1 cup of warm water (110-115*F)
2.5 cups of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp of oregano
1 tsp of anise seed

extra flour


1. Add the yeast to the warm water (it's very important that the water is between 110-115*F --- if it's too cold, it won't proof,
and if it's too hot, they'll die!). Let it sit for about 10 minutes (the yeast will proof and look all puffy)
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. 
3. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the water/yeast and olive oil.
4. Mix well with a wooden spoon and then transfer to a floured surface and knead with your hands until the dough becomes smooth.
5. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes (i left it for 4 hours; this also freezes well!)

baking instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 450*F with a baking tray/pizza stone inside.
2. Roll out/flatten the pizza dough into your desired shape.
3. (for those of you who don't have a pizza peel) Once the oven is preheated, take the tray/pizza stone out and dust it
lightly with flour. Place the pizza dough on top and then add the sauce/toppings.
3b. (for those of you who do have a pizza peel) Prep the pizza on top of a flour dusted pizza peel (sauce, toppings, everything). Take the baking tray/pizza stone out of the oven and dust it lightly with flour. Transfer the prepared pizza to the tray/stone using the pizza peel.
4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the crust has reached your desired color and the cheese is bubbling.

xoxo, han

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