I love this dough for my pizza crust! It is delicious –perfectly chewy on the inside yet crisp on the outside–and nutritious– I use mostly soft wheat flour (it’s called whole wheat pastry flour at your regular supermarket). It is intentionally not 100% soft wheat–I have some plain bread flour in there too–because I find that it gives me the best result both in consistency and texture while still rich in fiber. This combination makes this dough so dependable and easy to handle–which is of course a must!
Now, I know what you are thinking: Are you kidding me?? Make my own pizza dough? Trust me, I hear from people who tell me just that, all the time. All the time, that is…until they make this one and realize it is THAT easy! Try this one EXACTLY as I describe it — step by step — it is foolproof AND it takes 10 minutes to put together if you have one of those stand-up electric mixer. Then, it’s just a matter of waiting for the dough to rise for 20 minutes. I make this pizza dough so often, I just make it without thinking, and so will you! The key is the starter “sponge” which activates the yeast before it is mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. After that, it’s just a cinch to make! Really, Really! Let that sink in and get started! Don’t be intimidated by the length of the instructions below, it’s just that I want to be very thorough in my typical scientist way so you will master this– it really is simple to make, I promise!
- FOR THE DOUGH: This makes TWO 12" pizza crusts
- 1/2 cup warm water not hot!
- 2 tsp dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Remaining ingredients:
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour + 1 Tbsp
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 400
- MAKING THE DOUGH: Place 1/2 cup of lukewarm water (not hot) in a small cup and add the sugar and active yeast, stir and let sit for 5-8 minutes until the yeast becomes foamy. It will double in size.
- While the yeast is rising, pour the remaining cup of lukewarm water in the bowl of a stand electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and add olive oil, both flours and salt.
- Add the foamy yeast mixture to the remaining ingredients and turn on the mixer on low speed until the dough forms a ball.
- Turn up the speed to medium for an additional minute. The dough will appear sticky at first, but be patient, within 2 minutes it will form a perfect ball!
- Take out the dough and sprinkle with no more than 1 tsp flour so your hands won’t stick to it.
- Gently shape the dough into a large ball and place it in a bowl loosely covered with a clean hand-towel.
- Let rise for 15-20 minutes.