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Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

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Sprinkle this easy dough with your favorite toppings, such as cheeses, cooked chicken, salami and roasted vegetables, to create your very own signature pizzas.

NotesYou can make the dough to the end of Step 2 up to 3 days ahead. Refrigerate until ready to use. Let warm to room temperature before shaping in Step 3.

Makes2 medium pizza crusts

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturechewy, crisp, savory

Type of Dishpizza

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups (750 mL) all purpose flour, divided (approx.)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1¼ tsp (6 mL) salt
  • 1 package (¼ oz/8 g) quick-rising (instant) dry yeast
  • Baking sheet, dusted with 2 tsp (10 mL) cornmeal
  • Instant-read thermometer

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring milk and butter to a simmer until an instant-read thermometer registers approximately 120° to 130°F (50° to 55°C), about 3 minutes. Do not let boil.

  2. Meanwhile, in work bowl fitted with metal dough blade, process 2 cups (500 mL) of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast until well combined, about 10 seconds. With the motor running, slowly pour hot milk mixture through the feed tube into work bowl. With the motor continuing to run, spoon additional flour through the feed tube, ¼ cup (50 mL) at a time, until dough starts to pull away from sides and begins to gather.

  3. Remove from work bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 3 to 5 minutes. Shape into a ball. Transfer to a large oiled bowl and turn to coat all over. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until double in volume, about 45 to 90 minutes, depending on humidity and heat factors.

  4. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Punch down dough and cut in half. Press each out to about ½ inch (1 cm) thick and 10 inches (25 cm) round. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Add your favorite toppings. For a thin crust, bake right away; for a thicker crust, let rise for 15 to 20 minutes. Bake in preheated oven until the crust is light brown on bottom, 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Variation: Replace half of the flour with whole wheat flour for a whole wheat crust. Don’t replace all of the flour with whole wheat or you will have a brick.

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