Trust me when I say that making your own pizza base from scratch makes all the difference in the world in terms of how yummy your pizza tastes. Once you try the homemade version of pizza dough, you’ll never forget the decadence it provides to your taste buds. If you prefer the store-bought pizza base just because it saves time, you’ll thank us for this easy, amazingly delicious recipe!
So what are you waiting for, dig in!
Homemade Pizza Base
2 ¼ tsp dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp salt
3/4 cup cold water
¼ cup olive oil, plus extra as needed
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Method: In a large mixing bowl, add the yeast, lukewarm water, and 1/2 cup flour, mix well and let it sit for 30 minutes. Whisk together the remaining 3 1/2 cups flour and salt in another bowl and set aside. Once the yeast mixture is nice and bubbly and looks like foamy beer, add 3/4 cup cold water and olive oil. Using a dough processor, process the yeast mixture on slow and add the flour mixture slowly, a little at a time. Mix the dough for about 5 minutes, until it rises visibly.
Remove and place the dough in a large bowl that has been greased with olive oil. Ensure to coat all sides of the dough with oil by flipping it over in the bowl a few times. Cover the bowl loosely with a muslin cloth and let it rise until almost double in size. After 2 hours, punch it down, and let it rise for another hour.
Divide the dough into 4 equal balls and start preparing your base. On a lightly floured surface, use your fingers or a rolling pin to stretch the dough into large disks and roll them out into 10-inch circles each.
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And there you have your pizza base, ready to use!