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Friday, June 7, 2013

Best Pizza Dough Recipe

Yeast rasied dough can be a very daunting task for a causal or unconfident cook. What with all the rising, punching, kneading..is it worth an hour or more for fresh baked bread? The short answer is YES, but the long answer is in this post.

I came across this recipe online looking for a basic, quick pizza dough recipe. While many recipes for dough take an hour or more to prepare, this one is ready to bake in 30 minutes.
I've swapped out ingridents to turn this pizza dough into sticky buns and dinner rolls.

The base recipe is this
1 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast

Combine water and yeast with a tsp sugar and let sit for ten minutes until the yeast is foamy

2.5 cups flour 
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt.
Pour yeast mixture into bowl with flour and salt, add oil and knead well, until dough is no longer sticky and easily forms into a ball. 
Let sit for 20-30 minutes, and your dough is ready. Roll into a nice pizza shape, add your toppings and bake at 425 until golden brown and delicious. To assure bottom gets well baked, I recommend putting your oven rack on the lowest rack. 
You simply cannot omit salt in yeast recipes. It has to be said it is vital in yeast raised recipes for flavor and color. I like to add garlic powder and onion powder to give the dough a little zing.

Now, if you want to make a kick ass, tender, pillowy sticky bun recipe, you omit the olive oil.

Here's what you need to add
Four tablespoons soft butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup white sugar, mixed in with the flour

Take soft butter and with your hands, mix it into the flour until it makes pea-sized crumbs.
Add the yeast mixture, then the beaten eggs and mix well. Let sit 30 minutes.  Roll into rectangle shape.
From here you can use any filling recipe you like. You can use jam, a shmear recipe, or use my favorite shmear below.

half stick soft butter
pinch cinnamon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Beat all ingridents well.

You only need a thin layer spread all across the rectangle. Roll longways, slice, and put in a cake pan that has been spread with butter. To make sticky buns, sprinkle bottom of pan with brown sugar and you can add nuts, if you like.

Bake at 375 until golden brown and perfect. 

This base dough is great. You can play with it and have generally great results. Never be afraid to experiment with dough recipes. You can make really great discoveries.