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Pizza Night!

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Our family has always loved pizza and has made several attempts at making homemade dough to compliment our favorite toppings. The attempts, to our dismay, have typically been not so great. We would usually end up battling with dough that would bounce back, yielding a tough pizza. Our son to the rescue! About a year ago, he started making bread from scratch of his own volition. He became quite the baker, even selling to his friends at school, pre-Coronavirus.

Over Christmas break, we went to Barnes & Noble to browse. Luckily, we stumbled upon a pizza making kit which included a Pizza Made Easy cookbook, pizza stone, pizza peel and pizza cutter. Voila! We have been enjoying the most delicious pizza ever since!

Our son has been using the Basic Pizza Dough recipe and adding whatever toppings we have on hand. We are now very happy and enthusiastic pizza eaters! This homemade pizza is delicious and makes the house smell like a pizzeria. If you're a pizza lover, we highly recommend giving this dough recipe a try!

Yield: 8 Balls of Dough: Active Time: 30 Minutes: Total Time: 2 ½ hours


7 1/2 cups high protein baker's flour -(he used bread flour)

2 tablespoons active dry yeast, plus 1 teaspoon

2 3/4 teaspoons salt

2 1/2 cups cold water (about 60 degrees F) plus more as needed

Combine all dry ingredients and create a well in the center. Slowly and gradually incorporate it into the flour mixture. It will take 3 to 4 minutes for the dough to come together. If the dough is too dry, add water in 1 tablespoon increments until the dough comes together.

Next, kneed the dough until it is smooth and pliable and soft. This should take about 10 minutes. It should be possible to stretch the dough so thin that you will be able to see through it when held up to the light. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with a teas towel and store in a warm spot for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

After the dough has doubled in size, divide it into eight even sized balls and place them under a tea towel for 10 to 15 minutes. Stretch the balls of dough into 10 inch rounds on a surface with a sprinkle of flour on it. It is not necessary to use a rolling pin. Place your sauce, cheese and toppings of choice on the dough and place in a 550 degrees F oven. Pizza is ready when it looks brown on the crust and the cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

Barnes & Noble "The Ultimate Pizza Kit"

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