This recipe makes a lot -- enough for six individual pizzas. Brett polishes his off but Camille and I can't finish a whole one. The baking method is also part of the reason this crust is so awesome; light, full of air pockets, and tasty.
No-Knead Pizza Dough
7 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups water
Whisk the flour, salt and yeast together. While stirring with a wooden spoon, gradually add the water. Mix until well incorporated and then gather into a rough ball and transfer to a clean bowl. I oiled my bowl although the recipe doesn't specify that. Habit. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and go to bed. Let the dough rise at room temperature until it is covered with tiny bubbles and has more than doubled in size (about 18 hours).
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and gently shape into a rough rectangle. Divide the dough into six pieces.
Working with one piece at a time, fold the four corners into the center, turn upside down, and form into a ball. Dust with flour, and set aside while you form the other five. Let the dough rest, covered with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, for an hour. If you are not going to use all the pieces, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for three or four days. Just let them rest at room temperature on a floured work surface, covered with plastic wrap, for 2-3 hours before using.
Making the Pizzas
While the dough is resting, heat your oven. If you have a pizza stone put it in the oven in the top third and heat it on the highest temperature your oven goes to for an hour. I heated my stone for an hour at 550F. If you don't have a stone and are going to bake your pizza on a baking sheet, you don't need to preheat your sheet.
Form your dough into pizzas as gently as possible. The less you mess with the dough, the better it comes out. You want to preserve as man of the air bubbles and pockets as possible. Add your toppings. Turn on your broiler, slide the pizza onto the stone, and bake for 5-7 minutes.
My experience? Like so - I made three batches, two pizzas each time.
#1 Dinner with Camille:
- topping choices: caramelized onions, tomato sauce, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, pepperoni, sausage & ham
- I put Camille's in the oven first. She built it on my well floured pizza peel. When I tried to slide it off the board onto the stone, some of the toppings rolled off and the dough squished up on its self. Camille dissolved into hysterical laughter. Mine didn't slide much better although I tried to help it with a spatula.
- They tasted great.
- I built the pizzas on parchment paper. When I slid Brett's onto the hot stone, the parchment paper touched the broiler and caught fire. Mine didn't catch fire, but I worried about it.
- There were little bits of charred paper on the kitchen floor. Not popular with Brett who cleans the kitchen.
- The pizzas tasted awesome. That charring action was quite tasty.
- I used parchment paper again but didn't use the broiler. I just baked them at 550F on the stone.
- The parchment paper turned black but it didn't catch fire.
- The dough wasn't quite as yummy as when it was cooked under the broiler.