Breads

Pizza Dough

This pizza dough is fluffy, soft and so versatile. You can add any flavor you wish to this recipe. I often add different herbs, vegetables, and sometimes I grill it to make flatbread. However, you decide to use this dough it will sure to please. I make this in my KitchenAid stand mixer but you can make this by hand. Just have patience.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup warm water

3 tbsp yeast

1 tbsp sweetener of choice ( I use either agave or maple syrup)

1 1/2 tsp salt

3 cups All Purpose Flour plus 1/2 to 1 cup for later use

4 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer mix together the water, yeast, and sweetener. Mix with your hand to until the yeast is dissolved. Leave to sit for 10 minutes or until the yeast is frothy.
  2. On low-speed mix in 3 cups of flour with the dough hook attachment. Let mix until almost combined. Add the salt and oil on low speed until combined.
  3.  Slowly add in between 1/2 to 1 cup of the flour until the dough becomes slightly sticky and it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and it is no longer sticking to the bowl. This should take between 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Turn the mixer off and turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 1 to 2 minutes. The Dough should spring back when lightly pressed with your finger.
  5. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat the dough evenly with the oil. Cover the dough with a cloth and place in a warm place. I place mine in the oven with the oven off. Allow the dough to sit for about 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  6. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and roll the dough out to your desired shape and size.

Grill or bake however you like. When I make pizza I will flash bake the dough in a 450* oven for about 5 to 6 minutes just to keep the dough from getting too soggy when I put the sauce on it later. The dough should not turn brown, It should still be white in color. The flash bake will vary depending on your oven. The dough should be slightly firm when touched. Remove and top as desired with your ingredients. Bake until the vegetables are tender and the crust is golden brown in color in a 400 to 425*  oven.

Remove and enjoy!

You can sub the regular flour for any type of flour you like just keep in mind the amount of flour you add in will vary from the cups above.

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