This is a “good-enough” pizza dough. Perfect for beginners. You can make it, top it and bake it in the time it takes to get one delivered. I substitute beer for water, because of the short rise time. This gives it that yeasty flavor which would otherwise naturally develop during a longer rise time.
Friday Night Pizza
|2-1/2 cups||bread flour||360g|
|2 Tablespoons||olive oil|
|1 cup||warm(ish) beer like a pilsner|
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees, if you’re going to make your pizza right away..
- Mix flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, and whisk to combine.
- Place bowl in stand mixer, and begin mixing with the dough hook.
- Add beer, then oil
- Knead at medium speed (#4) so dough comes together, occaisionally scrapping the sides so everything stays combined.
- Once it forms a ball, and all bits of flour have been combined, knead on #2 for 7 minutes. You want the dough to show you it can stretch without breaking, and start to look smooth. It’ll still be a little sticky, but that’s okay
- Turn dough out onto a very lightly floured surface. GIve it a few hand kneads, then shape into a round. With just that slight dusting of flour, it’ll no longer be so sticky.
- Place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn around to coat with oil, then cover and let rest/rise at least 15 minutes. (The longer it rests, the better it tastes — if you can wait longer, an hour is ideal.)
- Once it’s risen, turn out and flatten to a wide disc. Let rest.
- Lift up, and place on your fist so that you can pull down the sides all around.
- Place in the pan/sheet, and push out to about 12 inches. If it keeps shrinking back, let it rest a little then try again.
- Top, and bake on lowest rack about 15 to 20 minutes,.