Thursday, September 17, 2009

Want To Know How To Make Pizza Crust?

By Art Damico

Would you like to know how to make pizza crust? It's just takes a few basic steps and ingredients. Here's how.

If you don't have one already, get a simple dough recipe off the Internet. As long as it calls for flour, water, salt, oil and yeast as ingredients, you're covered. That's the basic five things you need.

Before you do anything, measure out all your ingredients and set aside. This will really help make the mixing process go very smoothly.

Mix together all your dry ingredients first before adding liquid. Put the salt, yeast and flour into a bowl and stir them well, then add the water. The water should be lukewarm and optimally around 105 degrees for good yeast fermentation.

You'll need a stout spoon or other utensil to combine the ingredients as it gets stiff quickly. Once you have the first ingredients mixed, add the oil. Stir again until everything is incorporated.

It's a good idea to go ahead and measure out a small amount of flour at this point and put it near your work area. It will be needed soon to prevent the dough from sticking to everything including you. Put the dough on a floured board or counter top and get ready to knead.

A good method of kneading is to push the dough down and away from you. Then fold the dough back over itself, turn it 90 degrees and push it down and away again. Repeat this again and again for about 5 minutes. When the dough ball starts to look smooth and shiny and seems very elastic, you're done.

Now comes the hardest part of how to make pizza crust, waiting. Put the kneaded dough ball into an oiled bowl, move it around to coat the surface and cover with plastic wrap. Set it in a warm (not hot) place for about two hours or until it doubles in size.

Take the dough out of the bowl and put it on a floured work surface. Work it down into a rough equivalent of the shape you'll be wanting, then begin rolling it out with a rolling pin. Work it down evenly until you get your desired thickness.

When it's evenly rolled out, carefully transfer to your baking pan. Trim, cut and pull the dough as necessary to fit the pan. Make a crust of dough around the edge if you like. It's a matter of taste.

Remember a short time ago when you asked how to make pizza crust? Now you know! You just did it!

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