Perfectly thrifty homemade pizza dough

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This is the easiest pizza dough recipe and makes PERFECT pizza every time.  We love a classic soft dough that’s sturdy enough to hold a tonne of toppings, but still soft and springy. I love this recipe uses a full bag 1.5kg bag of bread flour, it saves all the measuring! We split our dough into four equal parts and freeze the remaining three, saving energy and time for meals later in the month. Each part makes two pizza bases.

WARNING: This makes a LOT of pizza dough. This recipe makes around eight 10-12″ pizza bases, depending on how thin you prefer the dough!

Savvy Savings

This recipe is perfect if you are looking to save money too. At just £19p per 10″ pizza base. Considering a similarly sized pizza from the takeaway would cost at least £6, you can afford to go a tiny bit wild with the toppings!

The Secret To Amazing Pizza

I think there are three secrets to a good pizza. The dough, the sauce and the way its cooked. This is my favourite dough recipe, you can recreate my favourite sauce recipe here, but the cooking is also VERY important.

In pizzerias, they cook the pizzas in a super hot oven for a short period of time (around 6-7 minutes). Its impossible to recreate the same environment at home, so the second best thing is to cook for longer on a lower temperature.

My top pizza tip is to use a pizza stone, we have this 15″ one. We have a very minimalist kitchen and I try to avoid gadgets, but I LOVE our pizza stone! It preheats with the oven so it gives the dough an initial burst of heat that helps to puff up the crust. The ceramic nature of the stone distributes the heat evenly, and it also draws moisture away from the pizza help to avoid a soggy base, and because the ceramic retains the heat, it also keeps our pizza lovely and warm when it comes out of the oven! If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can recreate a similar effect by using an upside down oven tray.

INGREDIENTS

10 cups of strong flour – £1
2 tbsp sugar – 2p
4 tsp salt – <1p
2 sachets dried yeast (2 x 7g) 22p
4 tbsp olive oil 31p
3.5 cups warm water ~
Total Cost £1.55 (19p per 10″ pizza base)

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure the warm water into a jug, add the sachets of yeast and stir well.

Delicious! What is your favourite pizza topping?

Perfectly Thrifty Homemade Pizza Dough

You will love this soft and springy pizza dough.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Servings 4 15" pizza bases

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 kg strong flour
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 14g instant yeast
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 840ml cups warm water
  • TOTAL COST £1.55

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the warm water into a jug, add the sachets of yeast and stir well.

  2. Add the other ingredients to a large mixing bowl, then add the yeast mixture and stir to bring the mixture together

  3. Once all the mixture has started to come together you can begin kneading. Knead for 10 minutes

  4. Divide this mixture into four equal parts, and place each one into an oiled freezer bag (at this point the dough can be refrigerated or frozen)

  5. Place the dough you want to use for your pizza back into your mixing bowl and cover with a clean tea towel

  6. Allow to rise at room temperature. The time for this will vary depending on the temperature of your room, usually 30 minutes to an hour. The dough should double in size.

  7. When it has risen, punch the dough down, and either roll or stretch into a pizza shape on a floured surface.

  8. Top as usual and then bake at 200c for 25 minutes or until the crust is starting to brown and the cheese is bubbling.

RECIPE NOTES

If you don't have bread flour you can use plain flour, but the dough doesn't have the same elasticity, and the cooked base isn't quite as soft or light.

 

2018-11-08T12:52:25+00:00

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