I had planned to make pizza dough for ages but never quite got round to it…it loomed as one of those rights of passage you have to do at some stage but somehow it seemed like it’s going to be quite difficult! Since my first attempt, I’ve made it on a weekly basis and the girls help too so it’s a great wee family activity.
// Mix 1 sachet of yeast with the warm water, stir and leave for 5 mins.
// Mix the yeast in with the sugar and oil.
// Using a dough hook on your mixer turn to a low setting.
// Begin adding the flour to the mix, 1/2 cup at a time.
// Judge whether the dough is ready by when it starts to form a ball around the hook. You may need to add more water/oil if the mixture is too dry…equally if the mixture is too wet, you may need to add more flour.
// Butter the bowl and place the dough inside (turning once so the whole ball has a coating of the butter).
// Cover with a damp cloth and leave for about an hour to allow the yeast to work and the dough to rise.
// Knead the bread until it has that elastic feel.
// Roll into your pizza shape.
// Now you’re ready to add whatever topping you want!!
Now I know how easy it is to make and how light the taste is in comparison to shop bought pizza bases, I’ll be making this every time we’ve pizza on the menu. Also, it’s perfect for making a double batch and popping one in the freezer for another day!
An all round winner!