Pizza Dough At Home!

Pizza Dough At Home!

Weekly Little Treehouse Family Recipe: Pizza Dough

The Little Treehouse is now offering a new weekly feature: Family Recipes. It might take a little longer to make–and things might get a whole lot messier–but everything seems to taste better when everyone has helped make it. 

It takes some waiting time as the dough rises, but pizza dough is easy to make, and kids love being given their own “blob” to knead and roll.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Directions

Preheat oven to 450. Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and mix until the dough forms into a ball; it’s hard work, but keep going until you’ve got an obvious dough formed. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle additional flour until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, sprinkle more warm water. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball. Give kids their own little “blobs” to work with.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about an hour; kids should each have their own, too. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 20 minutes.

Now, you’re ready to roll out the dough and fit it into one large, edged cookie sheet for a Sicilian-style pizza–and little baking dishes for kids’ personal pizzas. Roll out dough and pat evenly into pan. Now, just add toppings and cook for about 15 minutes (or until clearly done).

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