Classic Pizza Dough

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This 100-year-old recipe uses an egg to add richness. Several risings take place, yielding a lighter, tastier crust. A damp towel covers the dough during risings, keeping it extra moist.

Pizza Dough
Prep Time:
20 mins
Rise Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
70 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water (105 degree F to 115 degree F)

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 ½ - 4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir yeast into warm water; let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, oil, and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture. Add 1-1/4 cups of the flour. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Lightly grease a large bowl; place dough in bowl and cover with a damp towel (make sure the towel does not touch the dough). Let dough rise in a warm place until double in size (30 minutes).

  4. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16x12-inch rectangle. Place in a greased 16x12x1-inch baking pan. Cover with damp towel and let rise for 20 minutes.

  5. Add desired toppings and bake as directed. Makes 1 (16x12-inch) izza, 2 (12-inch) pizzas, or 8 (7-inch) pizzas.

Thin Crust Pizzas:

Prepare as directed, except divide dough in half after Step 3; roll each half into a 12-inch circle. Use two greased 12-inch pizza pans instead of the 16x12-inch rectangular pan.

Individual-Size Pizzas:

Prepare as directed, except divide dough into 8 portions after Step 3; roll each portion into a 7-inch circle. Place in eight greased individual 7-inch pizza pans or place dough circles on greased baking sheets instead of the 16x12-inch rectangular pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
6g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Protein 6g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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