KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Ever hankered for a pizza that completely satisfies the taste buds? Numerous pizza outlets now offer many toppings to appeal to different tastes but sometimes it’s difficult to get a pizza with a good crust that really hits the spot.
So, why not consider making a homemade pizza base? It’s not as hard as you might think. Here, we have a simple pizza dough recipe for you that’s so easy to make, it will leave you wondering why you ever doubted your pizza-making skills in the first place.
This recipe is adapted from one by celebrated chef, Mario Batali. Batali is one of the most recognised and respected chefs worldwide and has spent three years of intense culinary training in the Northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne. He and partner, Joe Bastianich, have created a successful restaurant and culinary empire that spans New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and even Singapore!
Now, get your chef hats and aprons on and prepare to take your first step in pizza making!
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- 2 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
To start, mix the yeast and warm water in a small bowl or cup and stir. Set the mixture aside until it is slightly foamy on top.
Next, combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
Make a well in the centre of these dry ingredients and add the yeast and water mixture, as well as the olive oil.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until the mixture is too stiff to stir. At this point, start mixing with your hands until the ingredients come together as a dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn the dough out from the bowl. Knead the dough gently, dusting the work surface lightly with more flour as necessary.
Knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until it is smooth, elastic, and only slightly sticky.
Finally, oil a large clean bowl and place the dough into it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or a slightly damp kitchen towel, and set it in a warm part of the kitchen for proofing.
Let the dough rise until it doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour.
Once the dough is ready, remove from the bowl and punch it down.
Roll the dough out thin or thick enough to taste. This is now your pizza base and ready to top with whatever ingredients that might tickle your fancy.
This recipe yields approximately one large pizza base. Leftover dough, if any, may be wrapped well in plastic and frozen for up to two weeks for a future use.