Pizza is one of the few foods that everyone enjoys. No matter where in the world you go, it’s a treat you can always count on. From street food stalls to fancy restaurants, we find pizza and pizza lovers everywhere in India. That’s not all. We often prepare it at home and pair it with some soft drinks. Whether it’s birthdays, house parties, or simply when we crave the fun of cheese at home, we usually order it. However, we cannot be sure of the quality of cheese, vegetables, or chicken that restaurants use. But making pizza from scratch at home gives us that assurance. While making pizza at home, we get our pizza bases from the market, but since they are pre-packed, they may lack the feel and smoothness of a fresh pizza base. So, how about making Pizza Dough at home?! If you think it will take hard work, you are wrong. All you have to do is follow a few basic steps and you will have soft pizza dough in no time. So, without further ado, let’s learn how to make pizza base at home.
Here are some tips for making a pizza base:
1. Knead on a well-floured surface
A well-floured surface is essential when kneading. You don’t have to worry about the dough sticking to your stool or your hands. A lack of flour can greatly slow down the process and may result in an uneven dough.
2. Use sugar and yeast
Adding sugar gives the yeast something to eat and speeds up the process. Whisk the sugar and yeast in a bowl of warm water with a mixer, wooden spoon, or rubber bat. Cover the bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
3. Rest the dough
This resting period is an important part of the pizza making process because it allows the gluten to relax over time. When gluten is formed, it becomes very tight and strong, causing the dough to tear when stretched. Allowing the dough to hold together, prevent tearing, and facilitate its spread.
4. Spread the dough evenly
Stretch the dough evenly with your hands, starting from the outside. Stretching from the center will cause a very small expansion and your dough will be very thin. We also recommend deleting the rolling pin. Although rolling pins are great for making cookies, they usually cause problems while making pizza bases.
5. Choose the right flour
The main ingredient in pizza dough is flour, and the type you use can greatly affect the outcome. However, it is advised to use Type 00 flour, which is the finest milled flour, if you want a better hole structure and better dough texture. All-purpose flour will also work.
That’s it! Follow these suggestions and let us know how it worked for you in the comments below. For more cooking and kitchen hacks, stay tuned!
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