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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Basic Pizza Dough and Bread Dough

Once you've made your own pizzas you will never buy a ready-made supermarket pizza again.  By the way, did I mention how easy this is?

Here's what you need for 4 large pizza bases; 500 g strong plain flour, 11/2 7 g packets Easy Bake Yeast, olive oil, salt to season and approx 300 ml warm water.

Let's make dough;

1) mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl

2) add a good swirl of olive oil and gradually add the water, mixing the dough together as you go.  Once you have a slightly sticky dough with all the flour blended, you have enough water.

3) knead the dough by hand on a flat surface for several minutes, then put back in the mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for at least 1 hour.

4) after an hour the dough will have risen.  You can now "knock-down" the dough (knead it again) and seperate into 4 even sized balls ready to roll-out for pizza.