How to Make Pizza Dough
This Pizza dough recipe, shows off the authentic technique of how to make Neapolitan-style pizza dough by one of the masters, Francesco Spataro of Apertivo Restaurant in Sydney. It’s all in the hands, the temperature and the resting time – and in this case, golden yellow cherry tomatoes, hand-picked from Mt Vesuvius in Naples, Italy.
Pizza Chef’s Top Tips To Make Pizza Dough
PERFECT time to rest
Let the balls rest for between 16-28hr for best results – anything longer than this is not necessary.
The GOLDEN one
If you can get your hands on golden cherry tomatoes from Italy – use them! Otherwise, use juicy, ripe, red ones instead.
The proper way to work on it
Folding the sides in and press down, then turn the ball as you work it.
- 1 L Water 35.27oz. Room temperature
- 50 grams Sea salt 2.78tbsp
- 1.5 kg Plain flour 12 cups
- 1 grams Fresh yeast 0.035oz
- Golden cherry tomatoes normal cherry tomatoes are fine if you can't get these
- 70 grams Fior di Latte Mozzarella 2.47oz
- Basil leaves
- STEP ONE: HOW TO MAKE THE PIZZA DOUGH
- To make the pizza dough like a pro, start by pouring 1 litre of water in a mixing bowl.
- Add 50g of sea salt to the water and stir with your hands to help it dissolve.
- Sprinkle in 10% of the flour, using your hands, and stir once again.
- Dissolve 1 tiny gram of yeast into the water, making sure to do this in order so that the yeast does not come into contact with the salt.
- Slowly incorporate more flour into the bowl with one hand, and move the bowl around with the other.
- Continue this process, to make pizza dough like a pro, until you have used all the flour.
- Once the pizza dough has incorporated to make a mass, transfer it onto your bench.
- Begin to knead the dough on the bench, folding the sides in and pressing down, then turning the ball as you work it.
- Continue Step 7 until you have a beautiful soft ball - to test if it's ready, poke your finger gently into the ball. If it rises back up, it's PRONTO!
- Put the ball into a mixing bowl and cover it with a wet towel or some plastic wrap and leave it to rise for 2 hours.
- Once the dough has risen, put it back on to your bench, creating balls that weigh between 200-250g (this is for a 30cm round pizza)
- When the pizza balls have risen, take one of them and put it on your bench. Gently spread it out using your hands only. You will see that there is "gas" in the dough and you must make sure this remains, so don't roll it out using a rolling pin, use your hands. This part of the dough is the key to forming the crust!
- STEP TWO: HOW TO MAKE A GOLDEN MARGHERITA PIZZA
- If you can get your hands on golden cherry tomatoes from Italy - use them! Otherwise, use juicy, ripe, red ones instead.
- Put your cherry tomatoes into a bowl and press down on them using a fork and mixing them together to get some of the juices out.
- Take a spoon and scoop up some of the tomato juice, pouring it on to the pizza base and start to spread it out.
- Continue until you have lightly covered the pizza base, being careful not to cover the crust.
- Add a few cherry tomatoes on top, along with strips of fior di latte mozzarella cheese.
- Add some fresh basil leaves on top, a pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of EVOO.
- Stretch out the ends of the pizza and pull it on to a large paddle.
- To make this dough the most authentic way, it must be cooked in a woodfire pizza that has been heated to between 400-450 degrees celcius, for no more than 2 minuutes.
- E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!
How to Serve Pizza Dough
Pizza dough is usually served baked with toppings on it to make pizza. However, if you want to serve just the dough, you can brush it with olive oil and sprinkle some herbs like oregano, basil or rosemary on top for added flavor.
You can also cut the dough into smaller pieces, roll them into balls and serve them as a snack or appetizer with dips like marinara sauce, hummus or garlic butter.
Alternatively, you can use the dough to make other baked goods like breadsticks or calzones.
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