Pizza Dough Kneaded by Hand
Why This Recipe Works
Bread flour gave us the best texture for our pizza dough recipe and more water made our dough softer and more elastic. Hand-kneading took seven to eight minutes; we took care not to add more flour than was necessary. We found that our fingertips and hands did a better job of stretching and shaping the dough than a rolling pin or flipping the dough into the air (this may work in a pizza parlor but can prove disastrous at home). Once the pizzas were assembled and ready to bake, we found that using terra cotta tiles or a pizza stone was a must for producing a crisp crust for our pizza dough recipe.