Spelt Pizza Dough Made Easy

This easy spelt pizza dough makes 4 10″ pizzas. It’s pleasant to work with, freezes well, and tastes great. As we are a two person household, we usually freeze two of the dough balls for later and have the makings for an easy pizza party the next week.

Easy Spelt Pizza Dough

spelt pizza dough Prep Time: 20 minutes
Dough for 4 10″ pizzas

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons/5 grams dry active yeast
  • 4 ½ cups/625 grams white spelt flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons/5 grams kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons/30 milliliters olive oil

Instructions

  1. Put 1 3/4 cups/420 milliliters lukewarm water in a mixing bowl (use a stand mixer or food processor if you prefer). Sprinkle yeast over water and let dissolve, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add spelt flour, salt and olive oil and mix well until flour is incorporated and dough forms, about 5 minutes. It may look a little rough or pockmarked.
  3. Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Turn dough out onto surface and knead lightly until it looks smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces, about 8 ounces/225 grams each.
  4. Wrap dough pieces individually in resealable zipper bags and refrigerate for several hours or, for best results, overnight; you can also freeze it for future use. (You can skip this rise in the refrigerator and use the dough right away, but this cool, slow rise makes it easier to stretch and gives the pizza a crisper texture and more nuanced flavor.)
  5. To use dough, form each piece into a smooth, firm ball, and place on a flour-dusted or parchment-lined baking sheet. (If you froze the dough, leave it at room temperature for several hours first, or defrost overnight in the refrigerator.) Flour lightly, cover loosely with plastic wrap and top with a kitchen towel. Leave to rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Each dough ball with make a 10-inch diameter pizza.
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Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017931-pizza-dough

Author: Daniel Lieberman

Daniel Lieberman is a cook and writer living in the hills of Western Massachusetts. When he's not cooking he listens to opera and reads a lot.

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