If you know how to make proper pizza at home, you will be eternally happy. And great pizza starts with making your own perfect pizza dough.
Fate smiled on us and we happened to house-sit a beautiful villa with its own real pizza oven in the garden! And when life gives you a pizza oven…you better make some damn good pizza and invite your friends over
Now, there are a lot of similarities between pizza in a regular oven and pizza made in a pizza oven. However, when using the pizza oven, you really need to get the dough just right – otherwise…too many things can go wrong:
1) it’s too soft so you have a hell of a time trying to gently slide it off the peel…best case scenario you end up with a pizza “roll”
2) it’s too sticky so you absolutely don’t manage to get it off the peel…you end up with raw pizza mush
3) it’s too hard so you end up with ridiculously chewy and uninspired pizza. Also, your friends are secretly laughing behind your back
4) some other variation of “it didn’t rise enough” and you again end up wasting your beautiful toppings on sh*t pizza
So how do you make pizza dough that’s just right? We now unveil our really-not-so-secret-but-easy-and-good recipe. It’s perfect for any kind of pizza baking (electric oven, gas oven, pizza oven, grill…whatever). Brace yourself
— Makes about 4 pizzas —
Ingredients for Semolina Pizza Dough
- 350 gr white flour
- 150 gr semolina flour
- 275 ml (1 1/6 cups) lukewarm water
- 7 gr instant yeast
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions for Semolina Pizza Dough
Step 1: Mix the water, sugar and yeast.
Stir and put aside.
Step 2: Mix white flour, semolina flour, salt and yeast.
In a mixing bowl, combine the white flour, semolina flour and salt. Then add the olive oil to the water-yeast mix. Next, create a well (or crater :P) in the center of the flour in the mixing bowl and start slowly adding the yeast mixture as you stir with the flour. Keep stirring and adding until all the water-yeast has been taken up by the flour and you have something like a dough.
Step 3: (Watch the video) Knead into a smooth dough.
Take the dough out of the mixing bowl and put it onto a floured working surface. Knead the dough until it turns into a nice, bouncy dough-ball. That will take about 5 min. Keep adding flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface.
This part can be a little intimidating (but really not difficult!) if you are not experienced in making dough so we have a video to help you:
Step 4: Leave the dough to rise for 2 hours.
Put the pizza dough back into your mixing bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave it to rise for 2 hours.
Step 5: Knead again and portion.
Before you can make a pizza from this, you need to separate into individual balls and knead for another few minutes. Then leave again to rise for 15 min.
Step 6: Spread it.
It’s ready! Spread your dough gently and cover it with toppings.
This whole process might seem like a lot of work but, really, it’s fun. Also, there’s something very rewarding about being able to say “Oh yeah, I make MY OWN pizza dough.” and watching people’s eyes widen with awe and admiration Aaaaand, if you still need more reasons, you can make a big batch of dough and freeze it, then make pizza whenever you feel like it.
What have been your pizza dough experiences? If you’ve got any tips / lessons learned / ideas, please share in a comment below.