They say “anyone who says that money cannot buy happiness, has clearly never spent their money on pizza” (Andrew W.K). I believe that once you make your own pizza, that happiness just turns into pure love. Pizza is definitely my comfort food. It’s simple and deliciously fulfilling. Though the simplicity doesn’t make the variety of choices any less. You can put the whole world on your pizza dough and bake the yum out of it. After a lot of experimenting, I now have two different dough making styles for two different crusts. The basic ingredients are pretty much same for any dough but I do add egg and milk powder whenever I am making deep pan or thick crust pizza. It gives the crust a very nice flavor and texture. I like to season my dough with a pinch of thyme leaves as well, giving the crust a distinctive taste and aroma. Preparing a dough is mere art and once you’ve got your hands doughy, there is no turning back. You just start enjoying the process and your love for it keeps getting deeper and crispier.
Total Time – 1 hr 15 min
Active Time – 30 min
Servings – 6 to 8
Instant Yeast 1 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Salt 1 tbsp
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Egg 1 (optional)
Dry Milk powder 3 tbsp (optional)
Thyme leaves 1/4 tsp (optional)
Luke warm water 3/4 cup (as required)
1. Add instant yeast and sugar in ¾ cup of lukewarm water and give it a stir. Leave the mixture for 10 mins, until the water becomes thick and foamy and the yeast is active.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients i.e. all-purpose flour, salt and dry milk. Now put olive oil and egg in it and mix it adding the yeast solution until it become moist and sticky. Leave the mixture to set for 10 mins. Skip adding egg and milk powder if you want regular or thin crust pizza.
3. Now put some all-purpose flour in ur hand and on the counter top and start kneading it. Use flour on your hands if the dough is sticky. Kneed for about 8 to 10 mins to make it soft.
4. Now take a big bowl and grease it with some olive oil. Grease the dough as well and put it in the bowl. Cover it and leave it to rest for about 30 mins in a warm place.
5. Dough will now be double of its previous size. Deflate the dough and knead for 2 to 3 mins and let it rest again for 10 more mins.
6. Divide it into two halves to make 2 medium size (12”) pizzas or you can divide it according to the size of the pizza you want to make.
Your pizza dough is ready to use.