Pizza Dough – Food Processor Method

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Ah, the perfect pizza. A difficult thing to make. Especially when you have distant memories of eating pizza on the streets of Rome. I’m not sure if we’ve spent two years trying to recreate the style of the pizza that we had in Italy, or the magic of dining in a foreign land. Either way, through trial and error, we have come up with our perfect pizza. And it all starts with the dough.

Although pizza is always worth the effort, we’ve worked to minimize the time involved. I love the food processor method, and have found that my favorite crusts have always come from the dough that I made ahead and kept in the freezer. Also, after acquiring a kitchen scale for Christmas, I always weigh the flour. If you just measure it in cups, be careful with the amount of water you use – it could be more or less than the recipe says.

And, I hate to say it, but the crust just may not be perfect your first time. There is nothing special about the ingredients or the technique. Sometimes you just have to practice, and know what a good dough feels like to the touch. I did find this video quite helpful for my stretching skills, though I don’t do it in exactly the same way.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! Da, du da daaaa!

**UPDATE** If you have a stand mixer with a bread hook, we recommend using our recipe for pizza dough using a mixer.

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Pizza Dough – Food Processor Method


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 small pizzas

Ingredients

  • 600 grams white flour (about 4 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine 600 grams flour, 2 teaspoons yeast, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, and 2 pinches of salt.
  2. With the food processor on, slowly (I mean slowly, like over 30 seconds) start pouring in 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of warm water. Stop adding water when the dough form a single ball. If you add too much water and the dough gets sticky, just add a bit more flour.
  3. Leave the food processor on for about 10 more seconds to knead the dough a bit. Place the dough ball in a floured bowl, cover it with a towel, and allow it to rise for about an hour.
  4. After an hour, reform the risen dough into a ball. Divide it into four equal parts and either freeze it or allow it to relax for immediate use.
  5. To freeze: Place each dough ball in a zip-top bag and put in the freezer. The morning that you are going to use the dough, remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw. About 30 minutes before making the pizza, take it out of the baggie and allow it to relax on the counter, covered with plastic wrap.
  6. To use immediately: Cover each dough ball with plastic wrap, and let them sit on the counter for another 30 minutes to relax.
  7. To stretch the dough, gently press it out on the counter into a circle shape, about half the size of the final pizza. Then drape the dough over both of your knuckles and rotate it around, allowing it to stretch itself to a larger circle, about 10 inches in diameter. If the dough starts to resist stretching, put it down and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes, at which point it will stretch more easily.
  8. Sprinkle a little bit of cornmeal onto a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet. Place the stretched dough onto the peel and quickly add toppings and cook. The dough is now ready to bake with the toppings of your choice!

 

7 Comments

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox
    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Good basic pizza dough recipe. Love it! Now if I could only stretch it out like a pro.

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    sdfoodie
    September 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    There is nothing better than homemade pizza, your pesto recipe looks great too! Thanks for posting!

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    Abigail
    October 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Hey, I just want to first say, this is a really simple and excellent pizza dough. So much, in fact, that I wanted you to know (and also, make sure this was ok) that I used a variation of this dough in my two food blogs, and that I posted a link to this page. The variation is only because I had to substitute for the yeast, and I added fresh rosemary. The recipe is still yours. Thank you so much for posting this! It is perfect for using in my college dorm room, although I know that sounds crazy!

    Abby
    http://www.everylunchtime.wordpress.com
    http://www.gourmetdormet.tumblr.com

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    Spinneys Cauldron
    June 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Hi, loving the pizza Friday.. it looks gorgeous!! I once had the most delicious pizza in an Italian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne, I’ve never had a nicer one since. Your base actually looks like their pizza base, drizzle some garlic oil onto the base along with all the other favourite ingredients & I think I may yet have found the perfect pizza base… does it go all gooey & soft when drenched in oils & tomatoes .. . mmm looks fab can’t wait to try it out .. watch this space will pop back & share the results. Thank you for sharing.

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    Lynett Oliver
    August 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I made this today & used each of the four balls for a different flat bread. It’s a really easy recipe that anyone can master. I made focaccia for friends last year for Christmas & this was much easier. I used one for the potato arugula flat bread found on this wonderful site and then just experiment from there. One was just plain with olive oil & salt. One was Greek with fresh oregano, kalamata olives, garlic & feta – yum! And one was your basic Margherita with basil (pesto hadn’t been made yet), tomatoes and mozzarela. The best were the Greek and potato arugula, for sure. Stay tuned for future experimentation!

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      Sonja
      August 14, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Wonderful – so glad you enjoyed all the pizzas! This dough is one of our favorite recipes :)

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    Kelly
    February 25, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I use a similar recipe in my food processor. I get the best results when I make the dough a day ahead and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next day I take it out around 5 hours before dinner and let it rise. Tastes a lot better than making it the same day.

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