Red Star Pizza Dough

Every yeast is not created equally.

I can’t believe I just typed that.  It’s so…snobbish.

But it’s true.  Just like every flour company is different, ever sugar is different – yes, even yeast is different.  I never really thought about it…I just assumed that yeast is yeast.

Wrong.

Breads and yeasted foods are tough for me.  Well, they USED to be.  I thought it must be my chilly house that kept dough from rising.  Or, perhaps I over-kneaded. Under-kneaded.  Too wet. Too dry.

Wrong.

It was my yeast.

After introducing myself to Red Star Yeast – not a single bread or dough fail.  Seriously.  How does that happen?  Honestly – don’t tell me.  Doesn’t matter.  As long as I get success, I am happy!

Red Star asked me to take this newfound success and photograph a couple of their recipes for them from their website (which rocks, by the way) – so, I chose this basic pizza dough.  It’s fantastic, comes together easily, and has a great flavor.  Give it a shot!

Red Star Basic Pizza Dough

1 Cup Water
2 Tbsps Olive oil
3 cups Bread Flour
1 tsp Salt
2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl of Stand Mixer with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.

Let dough rest 15 minutes. Divide into 2 parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Prebake for 10-12 minutes in pre-heated 400°F oven until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown. Add desired toppings and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Need other mixing methods?  Like, with a hand mixer?  Using a Food Processor?  Using a bread machine?  It’s a quick click away – you can find those methods here!