Traditional Pizza Dough

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Traditional pizza dough typically has a few key characteristics that you're going to want to be aware of. Learn about traditional pizza dough with help from a professional chef with over 25 years of experience in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Chef Mike Neylan. I'm a Tucson Personal Chef, and I'm going to show you how to make traditional pizza dough. The ingredients you will need are four ounces of sugar, two ounces of salt, two ounces of yeast, two ounces of olive oil, three cups of flour and one cup of lukewarm water. First, you want to add your water and your olive oil. Then, your sugar and salt. Then you add your flour. Then you add your yeast, you don't want to add your yeast directly to the salt otherwise it'll kill it. And the reason you add lukewarm water is to activate the yeast. If you added it too hot, it'll kill the yeast; too cold and the yeast, and the dough wouldn't rise. You're going to let this mix for about three to four minutes. Now that it's been mixing for three to four minutes and it's just pulling off from the bottom of the bowl, it's ready to be taken out of the bowl. And you're just going to shape it by hand now. You're shaping it into a ball, making sure the bottom doesn't have any creases in it. Now, I'm just forming the traditional dough into a ball and then you wrap that with Saran wrap and put it into a fridge for a few hours and then you're ready to make your pizza. And that's how you make traditional pizza dough.


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