Italian Pizza Dough (Recipe)

Italian Pizza Dough

About 4-5 Individual pizzas more or less.

Ingredients
3 cups All purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 ½ cups, plus 2 TBL cool water
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp instant yeast
 olive oil to coat the bowls


(For high altitude above 6000 ft increase water to 2 cups and decrease yeast to slightly under a 1/2 tsp)

Method

Place water in the bottom of the mixing bowl
Place flour on top of water
Keep salt and yeast separate! measure and place atop of the flour in separate spots

Place the dough hook on your mixer and raise the bowl
Start the mixer on the slowest speed and mix the ingredients till they are wet and incorporated
Increase the speed of the mixer to medium low and proceed to mix your dough for 10-12 minutes
The dough should eventually pull from the bowl and slap against the sides.  If the  dough crawls up the dough hook stop the machine and push the  dough down and resume mixing.
If your dough looks too wet add a bit of flour, too stiff drizzle a bit of water.  The consistency will be soft when finished.
A good way to tell if your gluten is developed is to pinch a walnut piece of dough off and work it between your fingers to create a window.  If the window does not form then mix your dough a bit longer.

Once your dough is developed stop the machine and add your olive oil, turn on the machine at a quick pulse and stop.  This will help with removing the dough.

Portioning

Portion the dough into 6 oz portions for an individual pizza. About 4-5 portions more or less.

Here is how to make your Dough balls. In order to form each portion of pizza dough into a ball hold your hand like a spider over the dough piece, roll your  dough into a ball, continue to roll while applying pressure with your palm and heel of your hand.  You will feel the dough grab the table and begin to roll in the palm of your hand.  If this is too difficult you may fold the top of the dough piece into its center and continue buy turning it a quarter turn and repeating until you go full circle (see image above).  Turn your shaped pizza dough ball seam side down when placing it into your oiled container.

If you plan on making Italian Pizza the next day, place each  dough ball in its own individual oiled plastic container and refrigerate overnight.   If you want to make Pizza right away then leave your containers of portioned pizza dough on the counter covered to rise till double in height, It could take as long as 1 1/2 hours.

When working with refrigerated dough you should remove your dough 1 hour before making your Italian Pizza.