We have pizza night almost once a week, but often we decide to make it from scratch rather than have it delivered so we can customize our pie to suit our tastes. But there’s one sad truth that we haven’t gotten over yet: Those pizza dough recipes without rice, while they save time, just don’t taste as good as the real thing. We hate being pizza snobs, but that means we usually save DIY pizza night for the weekends. But Jamie Oliver
just shared his pizza dough recipe, and in the video he shared how to make the dough ahead of time so you can use it on busy weeknights without having to rise for a long time.
Once you’ve made pizza dough from scratch, it really isn’t that hard. For Oliver’s recipe, there are two things you may need that you don’t already have on hand: a kitchen scale and Italian 00 flour. If you don’t have a kitchen scale,
you can look on a conversion website to find out the measuring cups, although the recipe won’t be as foolproof. As for the OO flour,
if you can’t find it in a store near you, look for bread flour – they both have a higher protein content than regular all-purpose flour, which helps get a better texture in the dough.
Now that all that is out of the way, the method is pretty standard. You mix flour, water, salt and yeast until a rough dough forms, then knead everything until translucent (hot tip from someone with a carpal tunnel – you can do this step in less than two minutes in a quality food processor instead of with the hand ). Then you let the dough rise and then divide it for your pizzas.
Here, Oliver shared his foresighted tip. Once your dough has been divided and you’ve formed it into pizza rounds, you can even freeze them to use later in the week. Form your pizza rounds on pieces of parchment paper, then stack them on top of each other, with parchment between each round, on a baking sheet. Put that in the freezer. Once the pizza dough bases are completely frozen, wrap or place them in a large zip-top bag and store them in the freezer until you need one.
When you’re ready for a weeknight pizza, simply remove a frozen pizza dough from the mold and place it on a pizza pan, baking sheet or pizza shell and let it thaw while your oven preheats. Top with your favorite ingredients and cook as usual. You get the taste and texture of real kneaded and proofed pizza dough, but without having to spend time on it after work. It tastes much better than a store-bought frozen pizza, and even faster than delivery.
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