2 cups (500ml) warm water
5 cups (750gr) unbleached white hard (bread) flour
1 tsp (6gr) dry active yeast
½ tsp (3gr) sugar
2 tbsp (25gr) salt
2 tbsp (30gr) olive oil
Begin by letting the yeast to activate in the warm water.
Put the flour, sugar, water and yeast in a bowl and mix them together, once the dough is forming put the salt and oil; keep mixing and kneading until smooth and firm.
Place the dough in a container and put it in the fridge overnight.
Once ready, divide the dough in two at a weight of 1.3lb each (600gr more or less) for a 12”x17” tray to have square slices or 2/3lb (300gr) balls for a 12” round personal pizza tray.
Place the dough balls on the tray and let it rest for at least 1hr covered with plastic or a cloth to prevent the dough from drying on the surface; after this period, pre-heat the oven at 500F – 550F if it reaches this temperature; prepare the pizza spreading the dough all over the tray and put all the desired topping and cook it in the pre-heated oven for 15min/18min or until cooked as you desire.
The not used unbaked dough can be frozen.
If you do not wish to let the dough rise overnight in the fridge, you can make in the same day letting the dough rise covered at room temperature for 4 to 5hrs.
For whole wheat dough, substitute the white hard flour with whole wheat hard flour, you can do 100% whole wheat or mix the two flour together at a ratio of 80% whole wheat and 20% white for milder taste.
This video shows how to make the best pizza at home to entertain your friends and family or just for your own enjoyment. Together with the above recipe, you can see step-by-step how easy is to make one of the most rewarding food!
You can make and bake pizza on a cookie sheet or using the round trays, just by portioning accordingly.