Margherita Pizza

A favorite in our house is Margherita Pizza. I like this basic dough recipe because it works for all kinds of pizzas, so make whatever you like best.

Begin by putting 1 package of yeast into 1 and 1/3 cups of hot water. (105-115 degrees) and let soak for ~5 minutes.

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour ( I use 2 1/2 cups All Purpose and 1 C Wheat Flour)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

By Hand: Knead for 10 minutes

Electric Mixer with Dough Hook: 1 minute on low speed and 9 minutes on low-medium speed.

Coat a bowl with 1 turn of olive oil and cover with a clean kitchen cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours. (Yes, it takes a long time but it is worth it so make it then run your errands =)  ).  Fast forward to when your dough has doubled. Punch down and divide into 2 balls. Let them rest for ~10 minutes. At this point you should start preheating to 475.

Work your dough into a pizza size shape. I like to squeeze from the center and move outwards with turning and flattening using a clockwise motion.

Clean and tear some spinach leaves and cut 8 slices of tomato.

Coat with olive oil and Parmesan or your favorite Italian cheese. (You can even get the “Pizza” package of cheese at the grocery store) Decorate however you wish. and add some basil to season. Bake for 12-14 minutes.

The finished product!

The baking process is the same for any type of pizza, just change the toppings. Enjoy!


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4 Responses to Margherita Pizza

  1. i must make this pizza dough! i adore margherita pizza!

  2. Susan Rucker says:

    This looks too wonderful for words — I MUST try this !!! Ymmmmm…

  3. Lisa says:

    You both must tell me how it turns out. It is certainly a favorite at our house.

  4. That looks really good. I do a similar crust, but use semolina flour, particularly when making calzones.

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