This is an old family recipe that was passed down to me. It’s been served in several family restaurants to 1000′s of people that absolutely loved it. I hope you will too!
: With a stand mixer pizza crust is really simple to make! You’ll wonder why you ever went out for pizza.
- You can use warm tap water for this. You just need to be sure the water is not so warm it kills the yeast. If you can hold your finger in it comfortably it’s warm enough.
- Put water in the bowl of your mixer.
- Add sugar and yeast and mix just until the yeast has gotten wet and the sugar is dissolved.
- Let stand for 10 minutes until a foam forms on the mixture. Should be in a warm, draft-free spot. I usually cover the bowl with a tea towel.
- When a thick foam has formed, place the mixer bowl on to the base and attach the dough hook.
- Add about 1/3 of the flour and start the mixer on speed 2.
- Gradually add the remainder of the flour with the mixer running.
- Once all the flour has been added turn the mixer speed up to 4 and allow it to knead the dough for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes the dough should be smooth and should no longer be stuck to the sides of the bowl. Add a small amount of vegetable or olive oil to the bottom of the bowl and form the dough into a ball. Coat all surfaces of the ball with the oil.
- Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 min. to 1 hour.
- When the dough has doubled in size punch it down and break it into 5 equal sized portions for individual pizzas or 2 equal portions for large pizzas.
- I use disposable pie tins for the small pizzas and baking sheets 11 x 15 for the large pizzas. Grease the pans before putting in the dough.
- Press the portioned dough into the pans evenly and create a small ridge for the crust. Conversely you can roll the dough out with either a rolling pin, or if you want a very thin crust use the pasta roller attachment of your mixer.
- Allow a second rise of the dough for approximately 1 hour.
- Pre-bake crusts for 5 minutes at 375F
- Take them out and top your pizzas with the desired toppings.
- Bake at 350F for 15 minutes
- Pizza crust can be frozen topped or not for future use after first baking. Take out of pan for second baking and put directly on oven or grill rack for crispier crust. Baking on outdoor grill may take less time.
Active Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
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