Cookbook:Pizza Dough

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A simple pizza recipe; works well for thin crusts.

Ingredients[edit]

  • warm water. about 100 degrees (38.00 C). try one cup per pizza. If the batter is thin and runny like pancake batter, that's too much water, so add a little flour to thicken it. If you can touch the batter with your finger and not stick to it, if your dog is there he will try and eat it, so add a little water, the shirt you are wearing is stinky and you should know better not to send your sons at school for no reason
  • flour about 2 cups per pizza. Note that it must be at least 60%-70% white flour. It would be heavy and wouldn't rise as much if you get too much whole wheat and cornmeal in the batter.
  • yeast. a 1/4 oz package in the grocery store makes about 2 12" pizzas.
  • sugar. you need very little for the yeast, but about 1 tablespoon per pizza tastes good,
  • salt. very little; a few shakes from the salt shaker is enough for 1 pizza.

A few more ingredients in the batter make it interesting:

. If it is dark brown, move it to a higher shelf so it doesn't burn while the top finishes cooking. If it is white or light tan, move to lower shelf so you get a crispy crust before the cheese starts turning brown on top.

On your first try, try just one or two pizzas. Then you can adjust it next time as.

Problems[edit]

If:

the crust isn't done in the middle 
You have it too thick.
the crust burned on the bottom 
Either you had it too close to the bottom (use 2nd shelf, not lowest), or didn't move it to a higher shelf in time. Some stoves are hotter than the thermostat, so try 400 next time.
the crust is soggy 
Water from fresh tomatoes, pineapples, and onions, can seep into the crust, so take it easy on those.
pizza is too greasy 
Reduce oil in batter. Oil on pan needs to be film covering the pan so it doesn't burn, but it doesn't need to pool on the surface. Some toppings (pepperoni, sausage, even cheese) will melt grease into the pizzas; try smaller pieces.
vegetables are overdone (e.g., dried up mushrooms, bitter peppers, soggy onion) 
Vegetables don't need 20 minutes. Put them on halfway through so they still have a little texture left. Some vegetables, especially broccoli, work better when protected by a coating of oil.
cheese is brown and dried out on top 
Pizza was cooked too close to top element in oven; never use top shelf.
crust is not very light 
Use less whole wheat flour or cornmeal in the batter. Use more yeast.