Homemade Pizza: How to Make Pizza Dough With a Mixer

Homemade Pizza: How to Make Pizza Dough With a Mixer :
2 cups (10 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp instant yeast 1 tsp honey 1 tsp sea salt or kosher salt A_ cup warm water (110-115 degrees, Fahrenheit) A_ cup olive oil Combine flour, yeast, honey & salt in food processor w. steel blade. Add water thru feed tube, then oil. Process till ball forms. Throw dough onto work surface several times; it should feel a bit sticky but not oily. If oily, mix in 1 tsp water; slap again. Refrig. dough in the airtight plastic bag up to 48 hrs. Makes two 13″ pies.

So, if you have water and flour at home, you are ninety percent to a homemade pizza dough. Today I’m going to show you how to make one in a machine like a Kitchen Aid here, with a little dough hook attachment. So easy to do. The only other ingredient you need is a little bit of yeast. Comes in little packets like this.

So, we’re going to start with about three cups of flour in my machine. I took a little bit of warm water. The water is supposed to be about 110 degrees to about 115 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to be able to touch it. It’s still a little bit warmer than what you would shower in. Think about a hot tub. That’s about 104 degrees. Just a little bit hotter than that.

So, yeast in water for about ten minutes until it starts looking like beer and all that carbonation kind of rises to the top, and it gets a little foamy. I’m going to grab some honey. This is just my little thing. It makes it a little sweeter. You don’t need it. It totally gives the whole pizza this beautiful hum of just almost caramel, and this really nice kind of back tone, which I love.

I’m going to turn my machine on. You don’t want it too high or else you’re going to have flour all over the place. I’m going to start with about half of my liquid. That’s half the yeast liquid. I’m going to let that kind of combine. Now is the time when I’m going to start adding the salt. Okay. If you add the salt to the yeast mixture, it actually has the tendency to kill the yeast. You totally don’t want to get there. So, the big pinch of salt. Awesome. It looks like we’re about absorbed there so I’m going to take the rest of my liquid and pour it right in. Just kind of brings that together.

It’s been about ten minutes later, and the way you know the dough is done is when it kind of starts sticking to the hook, and it kind of makes this slapping noise. Hear that? On the side of the bowl. I’m going to turn that off. You can see how supple that is. That is awesome. You know the more that you work this in the machine, the chewier your crust is going to be. If you stop early, it’s going to be more like a cracker. If you keep going, it’s going to really have that nice chew to it.

What I’m going to do is kind of just take this off the hook. It’s going to be a little sticky so I just grab a little extra flour. The extra flour is called bench flour. It’s flour for your bench because we’re going to throw a little bit down on our bench. So, I love this tool. I always keep it in my back pocket. It’s a little bench scraper. This allows me to kind of get in and all those little bits. Look at that. Beautiful pizza dough.

All I do now is I just want to kind of shape it and give it that nice kind of round. So I just kind of give it a little bit of a need. When you knead, it’s kind of a stretch, fold, and turn. It’s stretch, fold, turn. A little bit of a need, and I just kind of fold it over itself. Make a cute little ball. That is a perfect pizza dough, every time. I’m just going to throw the lid on top. Wait two hours. Let it rise. It will get about three times the size, and then it’s on its way to the oven.

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