Author Notes: This pizza dough comes together in just a few minutes, and if you make it ahead, you're set for a quick (and delicious) homemade dinner. This dough uses eggs, which helps to create a crispier, more golden crust; I like this style dough for home bakers because without a wood-fired oven, it's tough to get a super crisp crust, so the eggs help here. I top mine with fresh mozzarella, fresh ricotta, snap peas, and prosciutto but feel free to vary it with whatever produce looks good. —Posie (Harwood) Brien
Makes: 1 pizza
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 45 min
For the dough
tablespoon instant or active dry yeast
cups warm water
2 3/4 to 3 3/4
cups (330 to 450 grams) to all-purpose flour (or "00" if you want)
For the topping
ounces fresh mozzarella
cup fresh ricotta
cup fresh shelled peas
cup chopped scallions, green parts only (optional)
- In a small bowl, whisk the yeast and sugar into the warm water.
- In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the eggs, salt, and flour (start with the lesser amount and add more as needed), and knead for about 5 minutes until you have a soft dough. The dough will be a bit sticky but should be relatively smooth and elastic. If it's really wet and sticky, add a bit more flour.
- Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel, and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours: it should almost double in volume. If you want to make the dough far ahead, let it rise for only 45 minutes and then refrigerate it for up to 36 hours. The cool temperature will slow the rise and also help develop the flavor which is a good bonus.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. If you've refrigerated the dough, let it come to room temperature before stretching it.
- Grease two baking sheets generously with olive oil. Divide the dough in half, and working with one piece at a time, roll and stretch the dough out to fit the sheet.
- Top the pizza with torn pieces of fresh mozzarella and spoonfuls of fresh ricotta (use half for each pizza) and spread/pat the cheeses around into an even layer. Sprinkle the peas, scallions (if using), and torn pieces of the prosciutto over the top. Grind some fresh pepper (optional) on top.
- Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese bubbles and the edges are golden brown.