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Fabulous Pizza Dough and Stromboli Recipe

I grew up eating homemade pizza every Friday night. We didn’t have alot of money for takeout, but my mom made the BEST pizza, so much so, that my siblings and I always fought over who would get to choose the first piece! This recipe is used by everyone in my family, and it’s yum! It turns out wonderful EVERY TIME!

We also use the same recipe for stromboli, and I even make rolls out of it, and they’re all delicious.

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Pizza dough, Fabulous Pizza Dough and Stromboli Recipe,

Dough Recipe for Pizza Crust, Stromboli and Rolls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups warm (not hot) water
  • 1 Tablespoon (or one packet) of yeast
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (now others in my family use more like 2 tsp. but I prefer less salt)
  • 5 1/2 cups white unbleached flour

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Step 1:  Put water, yeast, sugar, oil and salt in a large bowl, and let set for 5-10 minutes so the yeast gets activated.

Step 2:  Then add 5 1/2 cups of white flour.

Step 3:  Stir everything together with a spoon, and if it’s still kinda wet, add 1/2 cup more flour.

Step 4:  Then use your hands to mix the dough. If it’s still sticky, add 1/4 cup of flour until you have a slightly “dry” dough.

Step 5:  Knead for a couple of minutes, and then form into a ball. Pour a tablespoon of oil into the bowl, and use the dough to oil the sides of the bowl. This is so it won’t stick to the bowl as it rises.

(You can use your mixer dough hook, and mix the dough instead, but I MUCH prefer doing it by hand, because I think it makes the crust nice and light.)

Step 6:  Cover with a clean dish towel, and put in a warm non drafty spot, and let raise for 1 1/2 hours. If you use fast-rise yeast, it doesn’t need that long.

For pizza: Spread dough in pizza pans. This amount will make 2 large thick crust pizzas or 3 thin crust pizzas.

After spreading the dough out on your pans, let it sit and raise again for an hour. Top with sauce, toppings and cheese, and then bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden brown on top and bottom.

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Before baking, and after…  🙂

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To make stromboli:  After the first rising, divide dough into two parts. You can make two large Strombolis, or one Stromboli and one pizza.

Step 1:  Spread out the dough on a rectangle cookie sheet.
 
Stromboli filling options:
  • Pesto sauce, chicken and cheese
  • Ham and cheese
  • Pepperoni and cheese
  • Chicken and cheese
  • Italian sausage and cheese
  • Any combination that sounds good to you

(I have personally tried all of these and can attest to their deliciousness!)

Step 2:  Spread out your ingredients of choice.

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 To make pepperoni and cheese Stromboli:

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Spread out dough on baking sheet and layer with pepperoni and cheese.

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Step 3:  Roll the dough tightly from short end to short end, tucking in the ingredients. Pinch off the dough to close it up, and then turn the dough over so that seal is underneath. Let raise for 30 minutes.

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You can leave the crust plain, or if you’d like, you can season the top.

Brush on top a mixture of:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes till golden brown.
 
To make rolls:
After the first dough rising, pinch off pieces of dough in ping pong ball sizes, roll and shape into knots. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Let raise again for 30 minutes to an hour. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for around 15 to 20 minutes or till golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy.
 
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Fabulous Pizza Dough and Stromboli Recipe

Course Pizza Dough and/or Stromboli
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups warm not hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon or one packet of yeast
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt now others in my family use more like 2 tsp. but I prefer less salt
  • Put water yeast, sugar, oil and salt in a large bowl and let set for 5-10 minutes so the yeast gets started.
  • Then add about 5 1/2 cups of white flour

Instructions

  • Stir with a spoon and see if it is still too wet; if it is, add 1/2 cup more flour. Then use your hands to mix the dough.
  • If it is still sticky add 1/4 cup of flour till you have a slightly "dry" dough.
  • Knead for a couple of minutes and then form into a ball.
  • Pour a tablespoon of oil into the bowl, and use the dough to oil the sides of the bowl.
  • (You can use your mixer dough hook and mix the dough instead, but I prefer doing it by hand, because I think it makes the crust nice and light.)
  • Then cover with a towel and put in a warm non drafty spot, and let raise for 1 1/2 hours.

  • For pizza: Spread dough in pizza pans. This amount will make 2 large thick crust pizzas or 3 thin crust pizzas.
  • After spreading dough out, let it sit and raise again for an hour. Then top with sauce, toppings and cheese, and then bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown on top and bottom.

  • For stromboli: After the first rising, divide dough in two. You can make two large strombolis or one stromboli and one pizza.
  • Spread out the dough on a rectangle pizza pan.

    Stromboli filling options: Pesto sauce, chicken and cheese, ham and cheese, pepperoni and cheese, chicken and cheese, Italian sausage and cheese, any combination that sounds good to you.

  • Spread out your ingredients of choice. Pepperoni and cheese are our favorites.
  • Now you are ready to roll the dough.
  • Roll the dough lengthwise tucking in the ingredients. When it's all rolled up, seal the edges.
  • Turn roll so the seal is on the bottom. Let raise for 30 minutes.
  • Brush on top a mixture of:
  • /4 cup melted butter
  • Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • /2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 25minutes or until golden brown, and sounds hollow if you tap on it with your fingernail.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  • To make rolls:
  • After the first dough rising, pinch off pieces of dough in ping pong ball sizes, roll and shape into knots. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Let raise again for 30 minutes to an hour. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for around 15 to 20 minutes or till golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy.
 

So yummy, Enjoy!
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