Did you know that you can freeze pizza dough? At first, I thought it was crazy. Everybody knows that a bread with yeast in it needs a warm place to rise. The freezer, is most definitely not.
But after some encouragement from friends that it was actually possible, I decided to give in and experiment myself. I was extremely happy with the results!
In fact, it will be very rare for me to actually make a fresh batch of dough from now on. The freezer is just way too convenient, and allows me to whip up 2-3 recipes of pizza dough at one time. Which for this busy girl, is a must.
I feel I must give a bit of a disclaimer though. Meal planning with homemade pizza does take a little longer because the dough thaws and rises a total of 8 hours, but it is really nice to pull a bag out of the freezer in the morning, and not even think about it until dinner time.
Step 1: Mix up all the ingredients for pizza dough, but do not let the dough rise. Then shape into a ball, coat lightly in flour and place in a quart-sized freezer bag.
Make sure you label your bag, otherwise, you'll never know exactly which large frozen ball is pizza dough vs the cookie kind! And depending on the outcome you were expecting, you could be quite disappointed.
Step 2: When you are ready to use the dough, pull the bag out of the freezer the morning you want to make it for dinner. Even though the dough was coated in flour before hand, it still has a tendency to stick to the insides of the bag. Don't give up!
Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 8 hours.
At first, it might seem like the dough will never rise…it does takes quite a while to start. But once it gets going, it rises to almost double what it was before.
Step 3: When the 8 hours are up, the dough is ready to spread into a pizza pan, and sprinkled with extra, and I mean extra cheese. I suppose a few other toppings will do too. If you insist.
Mmmm…doesn't it look soooo good?
If you still want to make this dough ahead of time, but need to use it sooner than the 8 hour timeframe, place dough in the fridge, and it will rise in half the time.
For lunch, just make dough first thing in the morning, and for an evening meal, make in the early afternoon.
See, now wasn't that easy?!
Have you ever tried to freeze homemade pizza dough before?
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