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Pizza Dough Recipe

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As the “Stealthy Healthy” blogger, I like to consider myself a master of deception. Translation: I trick my friends into believing that my recipes—like this pizza dough—require hours of effort, instead of minutes. I also like to trick my husband into eating vegetables, but that’s a story for another post. For today, let’s talk pizza dough.

Every now and then, I become fixated a specific dish, and I cannot stop myself from tinkering with the recipe until it fulfills my every wish as to what the resulting meal should be. My ideal pizza dough needed to be easy to make, do well when prepped in advance, and contain healthy ingredients.

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My ideal pizza (because isn’t fabulous pizza the entire point of making homemade pizza dough?) needed to be delightful to bite with a little of the classic pizzeria stretch. Sogginess would not be tolerated. I wanted the crust to brown, but remain soft. Whole wheat flour was desirable for fiber, as long as I couldn’t taste it in the final flavor or texture. Yep. I’m picky about my pizza dough.

After much trial and error (and more than one consecutive pizza night at home), I am thrilled to report that this pizza dough meets my every requirement. For a visual, here is our perfect dough in action on (or rather under) my Ricotta Pizza with Peaches.

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  • Easy-peasy: You need only 15 minutes and your food processor, and 10 of those minutes are the dough hanging out, while you call your sister, sort your laundry, or catch the end of The Real Housewives.
  • Make ahead magic: Make this pizza dough 1-to-3 days in advance, then let it chill in your refrigerator. The slow rising develops additional flavor, and the payoff is well worth your patience and advance planning.
  • Whole wheat flour is in the mix: A 50/50 blend of whole wheat pastry flour and all purpose flour, plus a few tablespoons of vital wheat gluten flour (a high-protein flour that compensates for the stretch that the whole wheat flour takes away), proved to be the magic mix that adds extra fiber to the dough, without affecting its taste or texture. If you don’t have (or don’t want to purchase) vital wheat gluten flour (it’s available in most grocery stores), see the recipe notes below.
  • It makes dreamy pizza: When cooked at a high temperature close to the top of the oven, the resulting pizzas were soft, perfectly browned, and showcased the pizza toppings.

With this pizza dough recipe, you will be pulling pies from the oven that even the Mayor of Naples would approve. The only downside to this recipe is that once you start to make your own pizza dough, you will never find satisfaction in frozen pizzas again. Consider yourself pleasantly spoiled for life.

Speaking of spoiling yourself, try this pizza dough recipe with David’s smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe. Grilled and gorgeous! 

Pizza Dough Photo

Pizza Dough Recipe

Erin C.
Pizza dough is really easy to make yourself. You’ll love how much more flavor it has too.
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Prep Time 1 day 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 day 12 minutes
Servings 16 1 slice
Calories 100.03 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 0.33 Water 110-120°F
  • 0.5 Active Dry Yeast
  • 1.5 All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3 Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 2 Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Ice Water
  • 1 Canola Oil
  • 1.5 Kosher Salt
  • Pizza Sauce and Toppings of Choice

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl or the measuring cup, combine the warm water and yeast. Let sit 3 minutes. (If properly activated, the yeast will foam. If yeast does not foam, either the water temperature is off, or your yeast may have expired, and you will need to begin again.)
  • In the bowl of a food processor, place the all purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, vital wheat gluten, and sugar. Pulse a few times to combine. Pour in the warm water-yeast mixture.
  • With the food processor running, slowly pour in the ice water, processing just until the ingredients are combined and no dry flour remains, 10 seconds. Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Add the oil and salt to the dough (note: Salt is a yeast inhibitor and should not be added before this point). Process the dough until it becomes a smooth, shiny ball that clears the sides of the bowl, about 1 minute. Lift dough out of the food processor, form it into a tight ball with your hands, then place it in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Turn the dough so that the oil coats all sides (this will keep a crust from forming on its exterior.) Cover tightly with plastic wrap, then place in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 3 days.
  • 1 hour before baking: Place oven rack in 2nd highest position (about 4-5 inches from the top of the oven.) Preheat your oven to 500°F. If you are using a pizza stone, preheat this as well. If not using a pizza stone, lightly grease a large baking sheet and set aside.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and divide in half. Form each half into a tight ball, then place at least 4 inches apart on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour. (If you are only making one pizza, tightly wrap the second ball of dough in plastic and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator the day before you plan to use, then proceed with this step.)
  • After dough has rested 1 hour, place the first ball of dough on well-floured surface and roll it into a 12-inch circle. If the dough shrinks back, let it relax for a moment, then proceed with rolling.
  • If using a pizza stone: Dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or flour. (If you do not have a pizza peel, the back of a parchment paper-lined or cornmeal-dusted baking sheet works well in its place. If not using a pizza stone, skip this step.)
  • Transfer your rolled dough to the prepared pizza peel (if using a stone) or to the prepared baking sheet (if not using a stone). Stretch the dough a little as you move it so that it expands to a 13-inch diameter. Add your sauce and toppings, following the guidelines in the notes section below.  If using a pizza stone, remove stone from oven, dust with cornmeal or flour and slide the unbaked pizza from the peel to the stone.
  • Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is lightly blistered and the toppings are hot and bubbly. Remove from oven, let rest on stone (or baking sheet) for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board to slice. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 100.03kcalCarbohydrates: 18.59gProtein: 3.19gFat: 1.09gSaturated Fat: 0.06gSodium: 105.19mgFiber: 0.28gSugar: 0.5g
Keyword Baked, Dinners, Easy Dinners, Pizza, Pizza Dough, Stealthy Healthy
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