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Authentic Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

When you are looking for an authentic style taste that gives you an idea of what Italian pizza is like, without actually going to Italy, the authentic Italian pizza dough recipe will get you off to a good start. You do not have to book an airline just to have that rustic and delicious taste grace your tongue. Once you learn how to make pizza dough the way the old pros do, you are going to have all of the Italian pizza that you could possibly want at your place.

The main thing with trying to get the essence of an authentic Italian pizza dough recipe is that you still have plenty of room for experimentation, even while sticking to the classics. You can tailor it to your taste preferences while appealing to those who want a more classic dish. Once you have the technique down pat, you have plenty of ways to easily experiment without changing much around in the base recipe.

An authentic Italian pizza dough recipe is one of those workhorse recipes that you will bring out time and time again. If you happen to have a family recipe book, this is one of those recipes that will end up being passed down to your family.

Enjoying Old World Style Food with Authentic Italian Pizza Dough Recipe
Summary: Flour, buttermilk and yeast blend with salt and sugar, to make an old-fashioned type of pizza dough. This classic crust may be topped with any tasty sauce and toppings.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 6
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  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 3 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt and sugar
  1. Pour the buttermilk in to a bowl. If you do not have buttermilk, you have three options as an alternative. You can substitute with water, but you will be departing from the authentic Italian flavors. You can use milk to the same effect. Alternatively, you can create a fairly close buttermilk substitute by combining 1 tbsp of white vinegar in to some milk.
  2. Pour the full yeast packet in to the liquid. Wait for several minutes, until the yeast is producing bubbles. Mix in the sugar and salt thoroughly.
  3. Begin to incorporate the flour slowly. You may not need all three cups, so keep working it until you have a nice, sticky dough. Once you have the dough completely mixed, cover the bowl with a tea towel, and leave it alone until it rises. Pull the dough out of the bowl and on to a floured surface to continue working it.
  4. Divide the dough into two balls, as you have enough for two full Italian pizzas. After that, the dough needs to rise once more. If you are not going to use your homemade pizza dough immediately, set it in the fridge or freezer. You can keep your dough for up to three months if you put it in the freezer after you are done making it.

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Create an unforgettable pizza with the authentic Italian pizza dough recipe. While it might not seem like a big departure from other types of dough, the subtle differences are what really makes this dough stand out. You will also get plenty of toppings that work great with this thicker crust, as it can stand up to big and bold flavors and sauces that are rather robust. Buttermilk might not be an ingredient you associate with pizza dough, but make this recipe and you will see why it was included, because it offers such a great flavor in the finished pizza crust.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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