Monday, April 19, 2010

The Best Pizza Dough Ever!

I have tried many dough recipes in search of the best dough ever; this one is so fantastic! I found it in the little recipe book that came with my Mario Batali pizza stone.

The original recipe called for honey; since I don't do honey, I substituted agave nectar which works great; given, I haven't used honey so I have no comparison, but it works so hey :)

It's really easy to make and very hard to mess up. It makes fantastic pizza, calzones, flat bread, you name it.

1/4 cup white wine (use the kind you like to drink)
3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 oz yeast
1 Tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cups flour

In a large bowl, mix wine and water. To that, add your yeast. Mix to dissolve.

Add the agave nectar, salt and olive oil and lightly mix. Using a fork, mix in the first cup of flour to make a sticky paste. Continue adding flour, stirring with fork. When all the flour is incorporated, turn it out on the counter and knead until smooth and elastic.

Put it in a bowl (I use the same bowl. I figure, why dirty another bowl?) and cover with a little olive oil. Turn the dough so it is covered with the olive oil. Cover and let sit in a warm spot for 45 minutes.

Notes on the warm spot: a 'just used' dryer is good. Turned off, of course. I turn on the toaster oven for five minutes and set the bowl next to it.

After the 45 minute rise time, cut dough into 4 equal pieces. On a floured surface, put your first dough ball. Using your fingers, push the dough outward, working in a circular motion.

Once I have it to this point, I use a french rolling pin to get it really thin. Don't worry about the shape... I think pizza is more fun when it's misshapen.

From there, top with your pizza favorites. For ideas, see my pizza section... truffle pizza is so good!


  1. Is the flour just all-purpose white flour? Could I use whole wheat or bread flour?

  2. Ecological Babies... I use whole wheat flour but you could easily use all purpose instead, or a mixture of both. Happy pizza making! :)



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