May 19, 2012 by Dr. Lamya Almas
I have searched far and wide for a good pizza dough and none satisfied me. I needed a dough for a nice thin crust like the one I loved from Domino’s Pizza. So, finally this has worked for me very well. Let’s start Bismillah! For one pizza enough for 3-4 people:
1) 2 cups of white flour [I used organic white flour]
2) 1/2 tsp of salt [I used sea salt]
3) 1/2 tsp of sugar
Mix all the above dry ingredients together. Then come the liquid ingredients:
1) 2 1/4 tsp of yeast dissolve in 1/4 cup of warm water
2) 1/2 cup of warm water [it's best if you heat it up rather than use tap water]
3) 1 tblsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mix the dry and liquid ingredients to make a dough. You may or may not need extra water to help it come together. Knead well on a surface by hand for 5 minutes or so. Place in an greased bowl for 10 minutes for a thin crust pizza, or 40-50 minutes for regular crust. Either way, once the dough has rested spread it out with your fingers [you may dip your hands in olive oil to help] to the desired size, or use a rolling pin to desired size–the thinner you want it the more you want it spread out, Then prick it with a fork and bake for 5 minutes in a 500 degree oven before you use your favorite toppings and bake again in the oven.
For toppings I made some tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market. I immersed the in hot water, peeled and diced them. Cooked the tomatoes in olive oil, with garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and a little tomato paste. Make sure you don’t put too much sauce, or else the pizza will get soggy. Made some meat balls using ground beef , garlic, oregano, cracked black pepper and salt. Added some green olives, and Mozzarella cheese [fresh and shredded]. You can basically use any toppings you like. Then bake in a preheated 500 degree oven until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned. Enjoy with ranch dressing.