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Today’s kitchens come equipped with everything from high-tech, super-advanced mixers and blenders to simple hand kneading devices. But when it comes to rolling out pizza dough traditionally, that’s a different story. Whether you own an expensive mixer or not, you still have to manually knead the dough in order for it to become elastic and soft enough so that it can be stretched without breaking. And when you don’t have a stand mixer? Well, then things get a bit more challenging. However, this doesn’t mean that your homemade pizza recipe can’t be as delicious either! We have faith in you - after all, that’s what we are here for. Check out how you can easily roll out your pizza dough in four easy steps below:
What Is The Best Way To Roll Out Pizza Dough?
As we mentioned above, there is no “one-size-fits-all” method when it comes to rolling out pizza dough. The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to use a rolling pin or not. If yes, then you will have to decide if you want to use parchment paper or a clean, flat surface. You can also try to use a wine bottle if you don’t have any rolling pin. Just make sure that you use a cylindrical item that does not have sharp edges. However, if you want to roll out the dough without using any machinery, you can always try to push your hands inside the dough and roll it out using your palms. Make sure that you don’t use any tools that might tear the dough.
Step 1: Make Your Dough
When it comes to making the dough, you can use store-bought pizza dough, or you can make your own at home. However, we would recommend that you make your own dough from scratch if you can spare some time to do so. You can also change the shape and size of your pizza if you make your own homemade dough.
Step 2: Rest The Dough To Ensure It Rises
After you have made the dough, you will have to rest it for a certain amount of time so that it is able to rise. The dough would be difficult to stretch properly if you try to use it right away. Also, if you don't rest your pizza dough, it will likely come out flat and dense when you try to bake it. Thus, you will have to rest the dough for about two to three hours. To rest your dough, cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a cool and dark place.
Step 3: Roll Out The Dough
Once your dough has risen, the next step is to roll out the dough. First, find a large enough space where you can properly roll out the dough. This may be on your counter top or your table, depending where you have the right amount of space. Next, take some flour and spread a generous amount on the surface that you selected. You also may want to put flour on your rolling pin or wine bottle. It is best to use all-purpose flour and wheat flour in equal amounts. Put your dough on the floured surface. You will have to start rolling the dough out with your fingertips at first. Then, use your cylindrical item (rolling pin, wine bottle, etc.) to roll the dough. Work in small sections. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin too much, add more flour. Keep rolling until the dough is spread out enough to fit in your pizza pan, or until it is in the shape that you desire.
Final Step: Toppings & Baking
After you have successfully rolled out your dough, you can make your pizza as per your desired toppings, and then place it in the oven. You can also try adding some herbs and spices like garlic, basil, and rosemary. These will help you in making your pizza tastier and more delicious.
That’s how you can roll out pizza dough! Once you have mastered the process, you can use the dough to make different types of pizzas. You can also experiment with different types of crusts like thin, crispy, thick, or soft! Dough can make or break your pizza, so make sure you take the time to let it rise and properly roll it out before baking. If you want to practice rolling out your own dough, come into Palermo's Pizza today to buy our homemade pizza dough to get started today!