How to stretch pizza dough?

The dough for pizza is usually made from wheat flour, yeast, salt and water. This type of dough is also known as a “white” dough. The ingredients are combined in a bowl or kitchen mixer until they form a ball of dough. The ball can then be covered and left to rise before it’s shaped into the desired shape.

Pizza dough can also be made from whole wheat flour, which will give the pizza a nuttier flavour and a slightly denser texture. Whole wheat flour is less commonly used than white flour, but it’s becoming more popular as people look for healthier alternatives.

If you’re using whole wheat flour, you may need to add a little more water to the dough to get it to the right consistency. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky, but not too wet.

Pizza dough can also be stretched by hand to form a thin, even crust. This is the traditional method and it takes a bit of practice to get the dough to the right thickness.

Start by flouring your work surface and hands, then divide the dough into two balls. Take one ball of dough and flatten it into a disc.

Using your hands, start to stretch the dough outwards from the centre, rotating it as you go. Once the dough is stretched as far as it will go without tearing, place it on your prepared baking surface. Repeat with the other ball of dough.

If you want to make a thicker crust pizza, you can stretch the dough until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. For a thinner crust, aim for 1/4 inch.

If you’re using a baking stone or pizza pan, you can pre-heat it before you start shaping the dough. This will help to make sure that the pizza cooks evenly.

Once you’ve rolled out the dough, you can add your favourite toppings and bake it in a hot oven until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Bake your pizza at a high temperature, around 500 degrees C, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Of course, conventional ovens will not reach these temperatures so will not cook the pizza in a way that provides that authentic Italian taste and texture. This is why true pizza connoisseurs use a dedicated pizza oven, such as those provided by Ooni or the Gozney Roccbox.