If you are anything like us, you love to make your own pizza dough at home. It’s a wonderful way to experiment and come up with the exact pizza that you want. With a little bit of time and effort, you can whip up something that is sure to put the supermarkets to shame. However, the process can be quite messy, causing many of us to forgo the joys of homemade pizza dough entirely.
However, by taking the time to freeze your dough, you ensure that you are able to enjoy delicious homemade pizza any time you want without a hassle! Simply make a big batch of the dough and store it in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it. Just make sure that you store it properly so it keeps well.
While some may believe that frozen pizza dough is an inferior product, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not a cheat by any stretch of the imagination, so long as you properly make and freeze it.
When you are ready to get started, you are going to need the following items: 4.75 C. bread flour, one tablespoon of sugar, a package of active yeast, 0.25 C. olive oil, 1.75 C. lukewarm water, and 1.5 teaspoons of salt.
Use the bowl of a stand mixer and add yeast to the mix and lukewarm water, so it can dissolve. Add the sugar and oil before tacking on four cups of bread flour. From there, add the salt to the mix and start mixing on a low-speed setting for 2 to 3 minutes. Once the water and flour have combined, you’re ready to move on. The dough needs to rest for at least 10 minutes so that the water can be properly absorbed.
After it rests, take another 5 to 7 minutes to mix it on medium speed. Grab your remaining 3/4 cups of flour and mix it in until the texture is shiny and smooth. The entire 3/4 cup may not be needed, so bear that in mind.
From here, the dough can be divided into four nine-ounce balls. Put each one on a baking sheet and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
Once morning comes, let the dough sit out for 45 minutes to an hour. This allows it to harden enough for an easy freezer transfer. Wrap the balls in plastic wrap, put them in a sizable Ziploc, and you are good to go! When you want to use the dough, simply remove it from the freezer and let it thaw until it’s workable to roll into a pizza crust!SKM: below-content placeholder