Pizza dough recipe

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A pizza dough recipe that can be easily frozen and cooked at any time. Top the pizza dough with your favorite ingredients and cook it in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. You can also top the pizza dough and refrigerate it for several weeks; cook it without defrosting it in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
Preparation time: 150 minutes, Cooking time: 8 minutes, Serves: 4 



One of the most important things in making pizza, besides the dough, is the tomatoes used and the ingredients. Following is a basic tomato sauce that can be used for any pizza. You can make as much of this sauce as you like and refrigerate it for several weeks. The sauce should be placed first on the pizza dough, then topped with the cheese and other ingredients. Remember that simple is better in Italian pizzas, that is, a good pizza should not necessarily contain a lot of toppings.

Basic tomato sauce for pizzas
1 (14 oz, 400g) can good quality whole tomatoes
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Salt and black pepper

In a saucepan over medium heat add the olive oil and bring to a heat. Using your hands squash the tomatoes into the saucepan. Add the dried oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool down to room temperature. Use on pizza dough and refrigerate remaining sauce for several weeks.

Ingredients

For the yeast mixture
3-4 Tbsp warm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 packet of dry instant yeast
1 cup plain flour (00 type)
Water (about 1/2 cup)

For the main pizza dough
3 cups all plain flour (00 type)
1 tsp salt
5 Tbsp olive oil
Water (1 - 2 cups)
The yeast mixture prepared above

Directions

Prepare the yeast mixture
In a bowl combine 3 to 4 tablespoons of water with the sugar and dry yeast. Stir well until the yeast is dissolved in the water. Let sit 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Sift in 1 cup of plain flour and start mixing. Add water as needed and knead, until you get a uniform dough that does not stick to your hands. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

Prepare the main pizza dough
Add the 3 cups of flour, salt and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer with the tool for making dough. Start the mixer at lowest speed and gradually add water. Allow enough time for the water to be mixed into the flour and be absorbed; add more only if needed - the amount of water you will need depends on the type of flour you are using. Continue mixing until there is no more dry flour left and the dough does not stick to the bowl. Add the yeast mixture (prepared above) to the dough and continue mixing for about 5 minutes more.

Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and divide it into 2 pieces (you should be able to create 2 12 - 14 inch pizzas). Shape the pieces into balls, place them on a baking tray and cover them with a damp kitchen towel.

Let them sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until they double in size.

On a well floured work area, use a rolling pin to shape each piece of dough into a round, 12 to 14 inch pizza base. Pinch the edge of the pizza to make it thicker (you can make it as thick as you want). Top the pizza base with your favorite ingredients and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the dough is golden brown and crispy.
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