Pizza Dough

2009 May 31
by linda

Pizza is considered a high class cuisine back in my country, Indonesia. It is like having a fine nice meal in a five star hotel or restaurant. No, I am not describing it as if the meal is the five star restaurant standard nor the only place for having them is only in the five star place, but if you could afford eating pizza, you are considered as “the rich group”.

I still remember when I was about 11 years old, my family used to have dinner in a fried chicken outlet once or twice a week. The fried chicken outlet is new in town and everybody just want to try something new, as well as the ‘needy kids’. So, I was eating my dinner with my family while watching the ‘needy kids’ rushed in to those empty tables for those chicken leftovers. They really seemed to enjoy their meal although they have to pause and wait for another tables to clear to finish their meal.  It just like having a three course dinner where you have to pause and wait for the next course to be served.

If we look at the developed western countries, it is completely the other way around.  What is considered as a high end cuisine in a third world country is a junk food here. It is high in calorie, full of bad fat, and pack in salt and sugar. People like to eat it because it is fast, convenience, and affordable. Junk food is considered as a ‘decent’ meal to get if the people are uncertain about the taste of meals in the  surrounding restaurant. When my husband and I were away on an out of town adventure, we usually make our pit stop at ‘familiar’ burger or fried chicken outlet till I was sick of it. We were too unsure to try something new on local restaurants and just stick to those obvious one.

Anyway, back to Pizza. My household members are a big fan of pizza and loves to order pizza for take away once in a while. Me myself, I am not that big lover of pizza. I don’t like the after taste of that oily fat that tends to linger in your mouth and throat even after you tried to wash them down with a can of soda. I know what you all thinking, another junk food’s best friend. All those reasons sort of driven me to search for a good quality of pizza dough recipe.

So, I found this great recipe on the web couple years ago (created by Sarah Hobbs) and loving it since then. This recipe is really easy to work with and once you’ve mastered the dough making, let’s your imagination go wild and create your pizza with your favorite toppings and sauces.


Recipe adapted from

  • 375ml (1 1/2 cups) warm water
  • 2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 600g (4 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing


  1. Combine warm water, dried yeast and sugar in a bowl and set aside until foamy.
  2. Combine plain flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add the yeast mixture and oil.
  3. Use your hands to bring the dough together (if the dough is too sticky, add a little more olive oil)
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place in the prepared bowl and turn to coat in oil.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise until dough doubles in size.
  7. The dough is ready to be rolled on into your preferences thickness (crispy, thin, or deep pan).

Preparation time (minutes): 30

Culinary Tradition: Italian

Please leave your comment/suggestion if you find this recipe useful. Can’t wait to hear from you and Thank You!!!

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 27

    Thanks again!

    P.S. I love it how you talk about past experiences with certain foods and your personal thoughts on them. Keep it up ;)

    • 2009 August 31
      linda permalink

      No, I should thank you for spending time reading my blog. By the way your blog looks great too. Good job

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