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Tips to knead the best pizza dough at home

Pizza is the world’s most famous cuisine, containing a bread, some sauce and some topping. In large pizza chains like Domino’s and Pizza Hut there are several machines that knead the dough for pizza crust. These machines bring consistency in the dough each time it is kneaded. In homes you cannot achieve similar elasticity, softness and puffiness in the pizza base until you follow some professional tips.

The most important step in pizza making is its dough. Bad dough means bad pizza, therefore you should know the qualities of good pizza dough. The dough should be kneaded in such a way that it becomes soft and elastic, air pockets should be formed in the dough. These air pockets ensure the softness of bread. Follow these simple rules to ensure that you will make the best pizza bread.

Preciseness of measurements

All baking is based on the preciseness of measurement. You cannot say that you add a pinch of this and a dash of that and get the best pizza or cake. In baking, you should follow the recipe and be very accurate in taking measurements. Measuring cups and spoons are very economical and you can purchase them from any of the nearest stores. While making pizza take an accurate amount of flour, sugar, yeast and water.

Quality of yeast

Yeast comes in various qualities some yeast are ready to use and you do not need to dissolve it in water but other forms of packaged yeast require dissolving in water for some time so that it can ferment easily. Yeast is one of the most important ingredients of pizza dough. Quality yeast can be judged by its color, smell and texture. Good quality yeast readily ferments in water and produces a foul smell.

Professional kneading

There is a specific way to knead pizza dough, if you do not know how to knead pizza dough watch an online video of a professional chef kneading pizza dough. Kneading will highly facilitate the rising of pizza dough. Knead well and use the heels of your hands to knead the dough. Keep the dough aside for at least 2 hours in a warm place and after 2 hours knead it again. After re-kneading it will be ready for baking.

Keep dough ingredients simple

Too many ingredients can ruin your pizza bread. Keep pizza ingredients simple, flour, yeast, sugar and salt is all that you need for making dough. Add a little olive oil to increase the softness of the dough.

Amount of water

Water is another important ingredient of pizza dough. The amount of water can vary in different flour. Some flour contains more starch and they take more water while other take less water. The amount of water  cannot be prescribed. You have to judge yourself how much water your dough needs. Soft dough means soft pizza bread and stiff dough means crisp bread so if you will add more water your pizza bread will be soft, bubbly and if you will add less water your pizza bread will be crisp to eat.

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