Fast And Furious Pizza Dough: Whip Up Dinner In No Time With Instant Yeast

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Who doesn’t love pizza? That crispy crust, the tangy sauce, the gooey cheese – it’s a flavor explosion that never gets old. But making pizza at home can feel intimidating. The thought of fiddling with yeast and waiting for it to rise can be enough to deter even the most enthusiastic chefs.

Well, fear not! This guide will show you how to make amazing pizza dough with fast-acting yeast, a secret weapon that gets you from prep to pizza party in record time.

Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe  The Picky Palate
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe The Picky Palate

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (or 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast)
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Activate the yeast: In a large bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy and active.

    2. Mix the dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar (if using).

    3. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, using a spoon or dough whisk until a shaggy dough forms.

    4. Knead the dough: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough feels sticky, add a bit more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until it becomes manageable.

    5. First rise: Place the dough in a large, oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.

    6. Shape and bake: Once risen, punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Preheat your oven to your desired baking temperature (most recipes call for 450°F to 500°F). You can use the dough to make one large pizza or two smaller ones. Stretch or roll the dough to your desired thickness. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.

    7. Top and bake! Add your favorite pizza toppings (sauce, cheese, veggies, etc.) and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

    8. Enjoy! Slice and serve your delicious homemade pizza.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximate):

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 300mg (depending on added toppings)

  • Please note: This is just a general estimate, and the actual nutritional content of your pizza dough will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and the size of your serving.

    Conclusion

    With this recipe and some practice, you’ll be a pizza-making pro in no time! Fast-acting yeast makes the process quick and easy, allowing you to whip up a delicious homemade pizza whenever the craving strikes.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use regular yeast instead of fast-acting yeast?

    Yes, you can use regular active dry yeast. However, you’ll need to follow a different process that involves letting the yeast rise twice. The total rise time will be significantly longer than with fast-acting yeast.

    2. What if my dough doesn’t rise?

    There could be a few reasons for this. Make sure the water temperature was warm enough to activate the yeast (around 105°F to 115°F). Also, ensure your yeast isn’t expired. Check the expiration date on the package.

    3. How can I store leftover pizza dough?

    You can store leftover pizza dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough for longer storage. To freeze, form the dough into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and then place it in a freezer-safe container. The dough will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.

    4. What kind of flour can I use?