Wednesday, April 11, 2012

No Knead Pizza Dough

This past weekend, my girlfriends got together to throw one of my high school girlfriend a baby shower. She is the first one of our group to have a baby and we wanted to do something special for her.

Since the mom-to-be has a dairy allergy, we set out to make everything dairy free. I made these vegan chocolate cupcakes that were a huge hit! I started out using the 2D tip, but the frosting ended up stringy since I used half shortening. It looked fine for the pink vanilla frosting since it looked like flowers but I just used a piping bag without a tip for the chocolate. I topped them with cupcake toppers from here.

We really had a mish-mosh of a menu that included Chinese and Italian cuisines. Since my friend loves pizza, I decided to make pizza for her using vegan cheese.

I've made pizza before, but I really hate kneading dough, even if it's with the Kitchenaid mixer. I've tried it in the bread maker with the dough cycle as well, but it wasn't quite right. This dough was perfect for me, since it required no kneading! All I had to do was dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, then leave it alone! Since I had so many other things to for the party, I decided to give this a go.

I halved the recipe and it made 3 good sized pies (about 12" each). I was going to try making garlic bread with this as well, but I ended up using it all for pizza.

No Knead Pizza Dough
made by cathy's kitchen journey
as seen on King Arthur Flour, originally from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

  • 3 cups + 3 tablespoons (25 1/2 ounces) lukewarm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 TBSP instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 TBSP kosher salt
  • 9 cups (38 ounces) all purpose flour

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly moistened (use a spatula if necessary).
  2. Loosely cover and set aside in a warm area. Let rise for 2 hours.
  3. After 2 hours, transfer the covered bowl to the fridge for at least 3 hours, or up to 7 days.

to make pizza:
  1. Preheat oven and stone (if using) to 450° F.
  2. To make pizza, portion out a softball sized piece of dough (about 8 oz).
  3. Dust a piece of parchment with cornmeal and place the dough on top. Add another piece of parchment over the dough and roll the dough out between the 2 pieces of parchment. Leave the dough to sit for 30 minutes to reduce shrinkage.
  4. Remove the top piece of parchment, top with pizza sauce, cheese and choice of toppings. Transfer to baking stone or pan with the parchment. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pizza.
Yield: I halved the dough recipe, which yielded 3 pies

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1 comment :

  1. Those cupcakes look adorable! That tip can be tricky to use based on the consistency of the frosting but you def made it work!:).


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