The recipe for pizza dough is very simple: 5 cups of all-purpose flour & 2 teaspoons salt; 2 cups hot water with 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast. Making the dough needs love & attention. This recipe makes 4 pizzas. Make sure all fans are turned OFF. Dough dries out quickly. Bloom the yeast – 2 cups tap water 105-110 degrees, 1 pkt yeast. Give it a few minutes to begin forming bubbles.
While you’re waiting, measure 5 cups of flour onto board or counter top. Make a well in the center, keeping sides rather high. Keep the flour handy, grab a fork, then pour the bloomed yeast into the well. Begin mixing the flour into the liquid with the fork. If the flour is breached, the yeast mixture will run all over the place!
Sprinkle the 2 teaspoons of salt over the mixture at this time. Keep mixing with the fork until combined. It helps to have a scraper. Flour your hands & the dough. Begin kneading.
First, slap the dough onto the counter; pull the dough toward you with one hand, then push the dough away with the other hand. Fold dough over itself; repeat about 10 times. Knead normally 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth yet still a bit tacky.
Shape the dough into a ball by tucking the bottom sides under. Transfer the dough into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Make sure to oil or flour the bowl first to prevent sticking. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours. Dough should be double in size.
Pour the dough onto your lightly floured counter and shape into a ball. Use your scraper or large knife & cut dough into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a ball a place on baking sheet small enough to fit into the refrigerator. Cover with plastic wrap & let it rise in the fridge over night.
The next day, I carefully stretched one ball into a 12″ circle. You can either put the dough on parchment & put it on a baking stone OR you can use a cast iron skillet (10″-12″). Put your toppings on & put in a hot oven (450-550 degrees) for 5-10 minutes.
The other 3 dough balls were wrapped in plastic wrap, put in zippie bags & placed in the freezer!