Here’s a baker-friendly pizza dough that doesn’t stick to your hands, even in the early stages of kneading. This dough has butter in it, which along with a bit of sugar, makes it richer than the average pizza dough. I love how clean it makes the whole process.
While I originally developed this dough as a base for savory pizzas like Pear Pecan Pizza or the French Flambé, it’s taken its place at Chez Bullhog as an option for the Friday night Pepperoni Pizza as well. As we have here at our house, you just might find it so easy to make that you opt for it on any occasion!
Buttery Pizza Dough
Makes 24 ounces of dough, enough for 2 or 3 pizzas.
Allow at least 2 hours for rising
3 Tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
4 teaspoons sugar
14 ounces (about 3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (1½ if using unsalted butter)
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1 cup water at 100°
3 Tablespoons of flour for bench work
Mix the dough: In a large bowl mix the butter, sugar, 3 cups of flour, the salt and yeast. Mix in the warm water, a little at a time, using the handle of a wooden spoon. Gather the dry mix into the center and scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary until you have one mass of dough.
Knead the dough: Turn the dough ball out onto a lightly floured surface and knead vigorously for a few minutes. Once the flour is absorbed, you will be able to work the dough directly on the counter top. Knead for a total of 7 minutes.
1st Rise: Put the dough ball back into the bowl, cover with plastic and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature. After this, you could make pizzas, but you will have better results with a second rise.
2nd Rise: Knead the air out of the dough for a minute or so, put the dough back into the bowl and let rise, covered for another 2 hours.
Rest (optional): As with many pizza doughs, you can at this point let it rest for up to 6 hours in a cool place, or overnight in the refrigerator, until you’re ready to use it. Let return to room temperature before shaping and baking.
Make pizza and bake: Divide the dough into 2 or 3 pieces, spread out to pizza size on a cookie sheet (or use a peel as I do). Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 8-10 minutes in a hot oven.
To make Garlicky Bread Sticks: Spread 12 ounces of dough out into an 8”x12” rectangle, slice into 10 strips and dot with olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Let rise for 15 minutes and then bake at 425° for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
For more information on pizza making, see my pizza recipes Here.