The best thing about cooking is practice makes perfect, and I wanted to create perfection with homemade pizza. Here, I will share with you my pizza dough I make at home.
Cast Iron Pizza Dough
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 Tsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 Tbsp cornmeal
- 1 Tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Grab a mixing bowl and pour in the warm water. Mix in the active yeast packet and let it sit for a few minutes. Measure out 3 cups of bread flour and add to the warm water. Then add the brown sugar, salt, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Mix well.
I then lay the dough out on a surface lightly dusted with cornmeal. I knead the dough around for a few minutes into the cornmeal. Add more cornmeal if it is too sticky. After kneading it, I put the dough back into a buttered bowl. Cover the bowl and let it rise for about an hour. I put mine in the refrigerator to rise, but you can leave it out on the countertop if you wish. You can use the dough after kneading it if you just can't wait for that delicious pizza, but I like to let mine rise. Remove the dough from the refrigerator; I like to let the dough sit for a few minutes to get room temperature.
If you have some sort of fancy pizza equipment you use, then work with what you got. I put my pizza dough in a cast iron skillet.
I first butter the skillet so the crust will be nice and buttery then I place the dough in the skillet and top with sauce and my favorite ingredients. Bake until crust is golden brown.
Editor's Note: I pan fried the dough for a few minutes, just until the crust was lightly browned then I placed the pizza into a preheated oven at 500F for 15 minutes (or until dough looks cooked and cheese is melted.) Dough made enough for 2 (10 inch crusts).
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