I’ve gone through many many dough recipes over the years and this is the one I currently find myself using the most. Behold, the canonical pizza dough recipe.
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Makes 5 x 12″ pizzas or 3 x 16″ pizzas.
- 500 g (4 cups) Type ’00’ flour or strong white
- 300 ml (300 ml / 10.5 oz / 1⅓ cups) water
- 20 g (1 tbls) olive oil
- 10 g (2-3 tsp) salt
- 7g dry yeast (or 15g fresh yeast)
- Bring 1/3 of the water to boil and mix with the rest of the cold water. This brings it to the correct temperature
- Whisk in the yeast and then oil
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour with salt
- Mixing by hand: Pour water on top of the flour and begin mixing with a wooden spoon. Once the dough is starting to form, continue mixing with your hands. Turn the dough onto a slightly floured surface and knead using both hands. Continue kneading for around 10 minutes until the dough is firm and stretchy. Cover the dough with cling wrap and a tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for 1-2 hours.
Using a mixer: I use a Kenwood Chef. I’ll turn the machine on 2/6 and start gradually adding water. Once mixed, I’ll time 5-10 minutes on the same setting. Cover the dough with cling wrap and a tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for 1-2 hours.
- Once the dough is proved, divide it into 165g dough balls for the perfect traditional Neapolitan pizza base that cooks in as little as 60 seconds in your Uuni wood-fired oven. Let them rise for a further 20 minutes before stretching. (If you want to do cold proving (which we highly recommend) use half the amount of yeast and leave to prove in a fridge for 24-48 hours before dividing into dough balls. Cold proving helps to develop a deep flavour to the dough as it allows the yeast to work with the sugars in the flour for longer. Let the dough return to room temperature before stretching and cooking.)
- Once proved it’s time to stretch your dough into pizzas.
Top tips for stretching dough: Always start with a perfectly rounded dough ball as this helps to keep the shape round when stretching out. On a lightly floured surface, pressing down with floured fingertips, shape the dough into a small, flat disk. Working from the centre, push the dough outward while spreading your fingers, making the disk larger. Pick up the dough. Move your hands along the edges, allowing gravity to pull the dough into a 14-inch circle, oval, or rectangle.
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