Pizza Dough

We’re taking a couple of days off for the holidays, so we’re running a few old posts from when we first launched back in February! -ed

For Christmas my Mom gave me a book called Kneadlesly Simple (by Nancy Baggett).  The following is her recipe for Neapolitan Pizza Dough.  It’s really good and really easy, but it’s not a quick recipe so make sure to make this well ahead of when you want to use it.

What you’ll need:

3 cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 instant yeast

Scant 1 1/2 cold water

1 tablespoon olive oil

To Make

In a large bowl combine flour, salt and yeast.  Mix well.  Add the water and olive oil and mix into a stiff dough.  If the dough is soft add more flour, this should be a stiff dough.

Allow to rise covered with plastic wrap in a cool place 4-12 hours.  The longer you allow the dough to rise, the more the flavor will develop.

Punch down the dough and separate into two equal sized pieces.  If you’re not making two pizzas, one of these pieces can be wrapped tightly and frozen for up to a month or stored in the fridge for up to 12 hours.

Work the dough into a 11″-12″ pizza, place on a large sheet of parchment paper and let rise another 20-45 minutes, covered with tented oiled tin foil.

Preheat the Oven to 500.  Place a rimless baking sheet on the bottom rack. After the oven is heated and the dough has finished it’s second rise, blind bake the dough for 7 to 10 minutes.

Once it’s cooled the pizza is now ready to be topped with whatever you’d like.

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I've always enjoyed making a mess in the kitchen. As a small child I used to sneak into the kitchen to make "rabbit stew" (this consisted of emptying my mom's spices into a large pot of water. Yeah, I was a great kid.) These days I spend my time in the kitchen cobbling together "what-ever-the-heck-you've-got casserole", pushing ethnic-inspired food on my husband and occasionally being called upon to feed the in-laws. I hope you enjoy trying these recipes in your own kitchen. Make sure you let me know what you like! If you want to find me elsewhere on the web- well good luck with that! I'm a baby blogger- this is my first foray into blog land (so let me know how I'm doing!). In real life I can often be found lurking amongst the stacks at local bookstores and libraries sipping on diet pepsi.

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