How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

August 31, 2016

How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

So, you're ready to make an amazing pizza in your wood-fired pizza oven, but missing an important piece - you need to have a pizza base for all the ingredients you're piling on top. There is nothing better than making homemade pizza dough!  You will certainly taste the difference when compared to store-bought dough.

Making pizza crust is one area that frustrates people, but it is a key element in creating a great pizza. If you think that making pizza dough is confusing and mysterious, we hope to give you the courage to roll up your sleeves and give it a try!  While your first dough may not turn out exactly the way you want, you'll have fun learning and the investment will pay off for years to come!

As said before, making great pizza starts with great pizza dough. If you are new to making a pizza base and always wondered how to make pizza dough, here's a tried-and-true, basic homemade pizza dough recipe from Chicago Brick Oven:

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (about 110°F to 115°F)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 ounce active dry yeast - this is necessary for your dough to rise
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour or fine ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup olive oil and extra for coating the bowl
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Combine yeast, water and sugar in a mixing bowl and stir.
  2. Let sit until foamy on top.
  3. Add 1/2 cup flour, the semolina flour, and 1/3 cup olive oil with the salt.
  4. Mix and continue working in the flour a 1/4 cup at a time until completed.
  5. Put the dough on a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and tacky.
  6. Prepare a large mixing bowl coated with olive oil and place the dough in it.
  7. Cover the bowl with wax paper or a wet towel.
  8. Place in a warm area and let double in size; this usually takes more than an hour.
  9. Knead the dough a little and separate into 2 equal portions.
  10. At this point, store in airtight bags; your dough is ready to use as directed in recipes.

Note: You can freeze and store this dough up to four months. Before using, make sure to thaw the dough for several hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

So, now that you have the basics, the best approach is to purchase fresh yeast, select good quality flour, and go for it! It won't take long before you are an expert of dough-making and producing awesome pizzas and breads.

Our Chicago Brick Oven Pizza Ovens are perfect for cooking authentic pizzas and perfectly baked breads with your newly acquired dough making skills!  Check them out today!

 




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Depending on delivery requirements, there may be a freight handling charge for special residential, lift-gate requirements, or requests (ie, white glove treatment) at your delivery location. 

Once your item ships, we will send tracking information to the e-mail address provided when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within 6 business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at CustomerService@patioandpizza.com.

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Many of our outdoor pizza ovens, kitchen island kits, and outdoor kitchen components are extremely heavy and take special consideration when delivering to your location.   When ordering, it is important to note whether you need a lift gate upon delivery of your order to your residence or business.
 

Below are answers to our most frequently asked lift gate questions so you can make the right decision on your needs.  

How will my order be delivered?

Freight is used only when shipments are over 120lbs or are over-sized.The standard Freight shipping delivery method is typically called “curb-side delivery”.   Curb-side delivery is the method used on all our freight shipments unless other arrangements are made.

We will schedule delivery date for you but the delivery company should give you a call a day or two ahead of time to schedule and confirm the delivery timeframe.   

Your delivery will be made with a full size Semi-Truck ranging from 20 to 53 feet in length. The truck WILL NOT be a box truck like a UPS or FedEx truck.  We typically cannot request a certain length of truck for final delivery, so please assume it will be a long truck.  The driver is only obligated to deliver curbside at the end of your driveway so it will be your responsibility to move it from there.

We have found that most drivers will deliver up your driveway when possible but it is up to them to decide.  That being said, sometimes the drivers will help but they are not obligated to help in any way once the freight is off the truck. If the truck does not have a lift gate, you would be responsible for getting the item off the back of the semi truck.

What do I need to know regarding my delivery?

What is a Lift-gate?

A lift-gate is basically a hydraulic lift used to raise and lower items from ground level to the level of a delivery truck or trailer. Most freight companies deliver items on a truck which are usually designed to load and unload at a loading dock or with a fork-lift.

If your delivery location (ie, residence) does not have a loading dock or fork-lift and the item is too heavy to remove from the trailer by hand, then you would need a lift-gate. 

Do I need lift-gate delivery?

If the individual items in your shipment are light enough for you to remove from the truck, you do not need a lift-gate. If your item is over 120 lbs and you live in a residential location, you will need a lift-gate.

If your delivery location has a loading dock or a forklift, you do not need a lift-gate. If you are willing to drive to the closest terminal and pick up the freight from the delivery terminal, you do not need a lift-gate.

People often ask “how does the delivery company expect residential customers to get the heavy freight off the truck?” Unfortunately, the answer is: “they expect you to pay for a lift-gate delivery”. You don’t want a delivery truck trying to deliver without a lift-gate and then not have a way to get it off the back of the truck.

If you can’t get the freight off the truck, there will be a re-delivery fee on top of the full retail lift gate fee.

*Please note: In some area’s freight companies may require lift-gate delivery for liability reasons.

Is lift-gate delivery always available?

No. The availability of a lift-gate varies by carrier and type of truck used for delivery. Therefore, it is very important to notify us in advance if you will require lift-gate delivery since most trucks are not equipment with a lift-gate.

How much does lift-gate delivery cost?

The charge for lift-gate service from the Freight company is $65.00.  The good news?  WE PAY IT FOR YOU!  :-)  Just make sure you let us know you need it!

How do I request lift-gate service?

We make it easy for you to request the lift-gate service when ordering your oven.  Simply select "Free US Shipping - Residential/Lift-Gate Freight Delivery Charge" when checking out and the lift gate service will be added at checkout.