Pan Pizza Dough
This is dough to recall the pillowy, golden, butter-crisp pies served at Pizza Hut in the 1990s, a favorite of the chef and pizza consultant Anthony Falco. He gave me his recipe for it in 2018, part of his recipe for pan pizza, but it’s terrific under your favorite pizza sauce and whatever toppings you desire. You might like sausage and peppers, or sausage and anchovies, or plain with extra cheese. But give black olives, provolone and thinly sliced red onion a shot sometime. Plan ahead, though. The recipe may recall corporate delivery pizza dough. But its preparation takes time to proof and to develop flavor. That’s why it’s better.
- Serves: 3 persons
- 1000grams unbleached all-purpose flour, approximately 8 cups
- 30grams kosher salt, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons
- 700grams lukewarm water, approximately 2 3/4 cups
- 60grams unsalted butter, preferably high-fat European-style, approximately 1/4 cup, melted
- 40grams olive oil, approximately 3 tablespoons, plus more to grease pans
- 5grams active dry yeast, approximately 1 3/4 teaspoons
Step 1Combine the flour and salt in your largest mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, combine the water, butter, olive oil and yeast. Mix well.
Step 2Use a rubber spatula to create a well in the center on the flour mixture, and add to it the liquid from the other bowl, stirring with the spatula and scraping down the sides of the bowl to bring everything together. Mix it all together until it is a large, shaggy ball of wet dough, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
Step 3Uncover the dough and, with floured hands, knead it until it is uniformly smooth and sticky, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Move the dough ball into a clean mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 3 to 5 hours at room temperature, then refrigerate, at least 6 hours and up to 24.
Step 4The morning you want to make the pizzas, remove the dough from the refrigerator, divide into 3 chunks of equal size (about 600 grams each) and shape them into oblong balls. Use olive oil to grease three 10-inch cast-iron skillets, 8-inch-by-10-inch baking pans with high sides, 7-inch-by-11-inch glass baking dishes or some combination thereof, and place the balls into them. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature, 3 to 5 hours.