I love pizza and I always prepare my own for snacks especially when my nieces and nephews are around. They love pizza with cheese toppings and sometimes I try to hide veggies underneath so my brothers and sisters will allow them to eat as much as they want. I guess this is why I'm also their favorite aunt. It's really easy to make pizza dough and don't worry about the tossing and swirling, you can always use your fingers or a rolling pin to make a perfect pizza dough. Although I am also still trying to master the art of tossing pizza dough, there are other simpler ways to make one. So, try making your own pizza at home! Surprise your family and make your way to becoming the favorite!
- 2 teaspoons of yeast
- 1 ½ cup warm water
- 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Pinch of salt
Dissolve 2 teaspoons of yeast and add to 1 1/2 cup of warm water. Mix it well with a spoon and leave for about 10 minutes. The yeast will start to bubble in about 5 minutes.
In a big bowl, sift 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour then form a hole in the center of the sifted flour. This will provide space for the yeast mixture you prepared earlier. Next, add the yeast mixture at the center and mix it together with a spatula while gradually adding a
pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. You can now use your hands to mix and form the mixture into ball-shaped dough.
Get the kneading board or you can also make use of any clean flat surface for kneading. Sprinkle flour and knead the dough using your hand. Once the dough is no longer sticking to your hand, then it is ready. However, if there are cracks on the dough, just add small amount of water to the mixture until you get the desired texture. Continue kneading and form into ball-shaped dough. Set aside and get a bowl.
Next, Spread olive oil inside the bowl and put the ball-shaped dough inside. Cover tightly with a plastic or cloth and leave for about 2 hours or until the dough become twice its size.
Remove the cover and take the dough out of the plastic. To remove the air bubbles, punch the dough downwards. This measurement can make three 12 inch pizzas so you can divide this to three. However, if you want a thin-crust pizza, then you can divide this to 4. It really depends how you want it and since this is your own pizza, you can change any of the measurements as you wish.
You can now flatten the dough using a rolling pin. Simply thin it out on a kneading board or any flat surface. Or, you can also do this using your hands. All you need to do is press the dough-shaped ball with your palm. Then starting from the center, push it out, away from the center until you have a 12-inch round pizza dough. When the kids are around, I usually make heart-shaped and star-shaped pizza to make eating their favorite pizza more fun.
Once you're happy with the size and shape of your dough, put holes in the dough using a fork to remove air bubbles. Your dough is now ready for some toppings!