Next time you feel like having pizza, why not just skip the takeout or frozen pizza and make it yourself. Pizza dough is relatively easy to make yourself and the payoff is a preservative free, delicious crust that you made on your own! Let's be real here, you can put the most amazing toppings on your pizza but without a good crust it's just another ordinary pizza. Like many things we eat these days, the mega-food conglomerates have taken over and provided a false sense of health and nutrition from their pre-packaged processed dough like products.
Pizza Dough Crust Options
Refrigerated Pizza Dough In A Tube:
You know the one I'm talking about, you press at the seam of the can in anticipation of the pop! Those cans of pizza dough have quite a shelf life, how do you think they attain that? You are correct if you answered...Preservatives! Here is the ingredient list from one of those cans:
Enriched Four Bleached(wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Water, Dextrose, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And/or Cottonseed Oil*. Contains 2% or less of: Vital Wheat Gluten, Leavening(glucono delta-lactone, baking soda), Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum. *Adds A Trivial Amount Of Trans Fat
I especially like the last line "Adds A Trivial Amount Of Trans Fat"! Thanks to the FDA, these companies are allowed to show 0 g trans fat on the nutrition label when it actually does contain trans fat! This topic is for another post.
Pre-Made Pizza Crust:
This option is even easier, just open the package, cover with toppings and bake. What could be wrong with that? It can just sit on the shelf and not take up valuable fridge space, but wait...how does it stay out for so long without going bad? If you answered...Preservatives, you are correct again! Here are the ingredients for one of these pre-made pizza crusts:
Unbleached enriched wheat flour[flour, malted barley flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate(vitamin b1), riboflavin(vitamin b2), folic acid], water, palm oil, yeast, salt, milk casein, sugar, mozzarella cheese(milk, cheese cultures, salt and enzymes, preservatives(calcium propionate, sorbic acid), fumaric acid, modified food starch, sodium phosphate, whey, monoglycerides, lactic acid, natural flavor, garlic, artifical color.
Make Your Own Healthier Pizza Dough!
Sure it takes a little more time to make your own pizza dough, but you can make it ahead of time and store it for a few days or even freeze it till you need it; no preservatives or junk, just the real ingredients you put into it. Here is a list of the ingredients that are in this homemade pizza dough:
Organic unbleached flour(organic wheat flour, organic malted barley flour), yeast, honey, water, salt, olive oil
That's it! There are more ingredients in just the flour of pre-made pizza doughs than there are in this entire Pizza Dough recipe!
So...Enough talking, let's start cooking!
I make this Pizza Dough using a mixer with a dough hook
The water temperature is very critical for proper yeast activation and proofing. If it's too cold, it won't wake the yeast up, too hot and the yeast will die. I use a fast read digital thermometer
Use your own judgement when mixing to determine if more flour or water are needed. It is one of those things that will be different for everyone based on many variables.