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Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Neapolitan Pizza Dough

7 hrs 30 mins total time

30 mins active time

Medium

Makes 4 x 240g balls

Ingredients


Measurements:

  • 3¾ cups (1¼ lb) bread flour
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp instant dried yeast
  • 1½ cups (12 fl oz) cold water
  • Semolina mix

    for sprinkling (see NOTE)

  • Olive oil

    for drizzling

Instructions

  • 1Combine the bread flour, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the water. Using the dough hook, knead on low speed for 5-6 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • 2Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough proof in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  • 3Turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop and divide evenly into four pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball.
  • 4Lightly sprinkle two baking sheets with the semolina mix and place the dough balls 4-inch apart on the sheets. Drizzle a little oil over each ball and spread to coat the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 5 days (refrigerating the dough for 1-3 days is ideal but it can be refrigerated for up to 5 days).
  • 5When ready to prepare the pizzas, remove the dough from the refrigerator and stand, covered, at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • 6Sprinkle clean countertop generously with the semolina mix.
  • 7Transfer one dough ball to the prepared countertop. Keep the remaining dough covered to prevent it from drying out.
  • 8Coat the dough ball in the semolina mix and working from the center, press it into a 6-inch round, leaving a ¾-inch border, then gently stretch it into a 9-inch-11-inch circle. NOTE: To make the semolina mix, combine equal quantities of semolina and all-purpose flour. Store in an airtight container in the pantry.