This is the pizza base method that is now ingrained into my memory since this is the way we like it…. maybe it’ll be to your liking as well. When it comes to pizza, we have been a fan of thin crusts with more focus on the toppings. My dough has this in mind. An added bonus is there’s no need to wait for it to rise… you can use it immediately.
First, fill 3/4 cup of room temperature water, and drop 1 teaspoon of yeast into it. Leave that to work it’s magic for 10-15 minutes (you can stir it if you’re impatient). While you’re waiting for that, pop 2 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl (I usually use wholemeal… but the choice is yours) and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mix it around. Create a well in the middle of the flour and, once the water is ready, drop the yeasty water into the newly created well. From there, you can start folding the flour into the water until the dough starts coming together. Then knead the dough until the flour has combined fully and the dough has a smooth appearance.
This recipe creates 2 decent sized pizzas…. So you want to divide the dough in half. Leave one-half in the bowl, and place the other onto a surface for rolling. You can flour the surface, but on this occasion, there wasn’t a need to do so. I roll it out to close to the size I want, then place it on a greased pizza tray. From there I push the pizza out to the edges of the pan. Once that’s done, you can begin adding your sauce and toppings.
As for the other base, I will roll it out like the previous one. Then pop it into a large freezer bag, push out the air, zip lock it, fold it (to save space) and then place it in my freezer for the future. When that time comes, I’ll just take the bag out of the freezer and allow it to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Once it has properly thawed, you can unfold it without it snapping. Pop it onto a greased tray and you’re ready to sauce and add toppings.