Basic Square Pan Pizza Dough Recipe (Sicilian-Style Dough)

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Note: To make without a stand mixer, combine flour, salt, yeast, and olive oil in a large bowl. Whisk to combine, then add water. stir together vigorously with a wooden spoon until homogeneous, about 3 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature for at least 8 hours and up to 15. Continue with step 2 as directed. For a basic topping, roughly puree 1 (28-ounce) can san marzano tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and kosher salt to taste. Spread 2/3rds of sauce over pizza leaving a 1-inch border all around. Top with half pound grated mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil before baking and to with grated parmesan as soon as it comes out of the oven.

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Basic Square Pan Pizza Dough Recipe (Sicilian-Style Dough)

About This Recipe

Yield:makes enough dough for one 13- by 18-inch pie
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:3 hours
Special equipment:stand mixer, 13- by 18-inch rimmed baking sheet
This recipe appears in: The Food Lab: 11 Essential Tips for Better Pizza The Pizza Lab: Three Doughs to Know
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Ingredients

  • 17.5 ounces (500 grams, about 3 1/2 cups) all-purpose or bread flour
  • .35 ounces (10 grams, about 2 teaspoons) kosher salt
  • .18 ounces (5 grams, about 1 teaspoon) instant or RapidRise yeast
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 12.25 ounces (347 grams, about 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons) water, room temperature

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine flour, salt, yeast, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in bowl of stand mixer (see note for mixer-free version). Whisk to combine. Add water to mixer and mix on medium speed until it comes together and no dry flour remains. Increase speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is stretchy and smooth, about 6 minutes. The dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but pull away from the sides.

  2. 2

    Pour remaining olive oil into rimmed baking sheet and spread over entire inner surface with hands. Transfer dough to 13- by 18-inch rimmed baking sheet and rub top surface with oil until thoroughly coated. Cover with baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature until dough has spread out to touch nearly each rim of baking sheet, about 2 hours.

  3. 3

    30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 550°F. Carefully remove plastic wrap from pizza dough. Using oiled hands and being as gentle as possible to maintain air bubbles, push and stretch the dough into the corners of the pan by pressing out from the center and lifting each corner and stretching it beyond the edge of the pan. It should pull back until the pan is just filled with dough.

  4. 4

    Top pizza as desired (see note above) and bake until bottom is crisp and top surface is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes total. Allow to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes.

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