Our Absolute Best - Neapolitan Style Pizza Dough

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Jan. 02, 2019

This is a bit of a long one - but many people find the process of making pizza dough at home to be daunting, and it doesnt need to be. Homemade pizza dough is easy, and tastes great you just need a little bit of patience. The biggest struggle of how to make pizza dough at home for most people is waiting for the dough to ferment, but this long slow ferment is what gives the best Neapolitan Pizza doughs their characteristic flavour, colour, and crunch. You can shorten the process to a few hours, but the dough wont be as good.
Just give in and make this pizza dough on Wednesday before bedtime stick in the fridge for a few days and then have the best pizza youve ever made on Friday or Saturday night.

Ingredients

High protein flour 500 Gram (10%, ’00’ Pizza Flour, Bread Flour, Strong Flour)
Coarse salt 15 Gram (3%, sea salt,etc)
Active dry yeast 5 Gram (1%, traditional)
Water 300 Gram (60%, about 300 mL, at room temp)

Directions

GETTING READY:

1. Combine flour, salt, yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer (or regular mixing bowl).

2. Stir in water just to combine, and rough dough ball forms.

3. Stop mixing and let stand for 30 minutes.

MAKING:

4. Knead for 7-10 minutes on medium speed, or until dough is smooth and elastic.

5. Remove dough from mixing bowl, and form into a tight ball on your countertop.

6. Don’t use any flour during this step.

7. Place dough ball in a container with a tight fitting lid, large enough to allow the dough to double in size.

8. Place container in the fridge for 18 hours - to - 4 days to ferment.

9. Between an hour to an hour and a half before you want to bake the pizzas, remove dough from fridge and form into 3 equal balls.

10. Cover loosely on the countertop and allow to rise and warm before shaping.

SERVING:

11. Serve and enjoy!

NOTES:

1. You don’t need oil or sugar in this type of pizza dough.

2. Sugar will artificially speed up the dough rise, but will deter yeast growth long term.

3. If your yeast is fresh there is no need to bloom or proof it before mixing.

4. This dough is Ok after 4 or 5 hours, better after 24, great at 48, and incredible at 72 hours of cold slow fermentation.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy