Of all of the baking skills out there, being able to make your own dough from scratch is perhaps the most versatile. Once you’ve mastered the art of dough making, a whole world of baking opens up to you – you can cook homemade pizza, bread, doughnuts, pies, rolls…the list is endless, and delicious. Plus, as an added bonus, kneading dough is a pretty good workout for your arms, wrists, and hands!
There are lots of different types of dough, and the technique for making pizza dough can differ from making dough for a loaf of bread – and then, of course, there are more complex doughs, like sourdough bread, which involve a more intricate technique. But once you know how to knock up a simple dough, you’ll soon be able to progress and develop your skills.
All you need to make dough is water, sugar, yeast, flour, and salt. The exact measurements vary depending on how much you want to make, but the process remains the same: mix together the warm water, sugar, and yeast, and let it sit for five minutes. Next, add flour and salt to the mix, knead until smooth, and then let the dough rise for 10 minutes.
At this stage, you can work the dough into the correct shape for the type of bread you’re making (e.g. pizza, a loaf, etc), before letting it sit for another 10 minutes before baking (the temperature and duration of baking will depend on what exactly you’re making).
For more detailed instructions on making dough, have a look at this guide to making quick and easy dough – or if you have a sweet tooth, these glazed doughnuts are simple to make and delicious. YouTube is also chock-full of helpful tutorial videos.
For anyone interested in getting started with a simple pizza dough, you can watch the video below.
Or if you’re looking for more of a challenge, then you might want to try your hand at making sourdough bread – this beginner’s guide is a great place to start.