Shaping Pizza Dough

by · November 2, 2012

(We advise first reviewing “Making Pizza Dough.” Public access expires Nov 5)

When shaping pizza dough, there are many techniques to achieve the basic goal of “stretching it out” to form a thinner crust.  However, we recommend these few tips as ways to achieve a thin crust that bakes up crispy yet chewy.

Lightly flour the counter and the top of dough. Then, using the tips of your fingers, press out the dough until it is flat. Grab the underneath with one hand, placing the other hand over top of the dough.  Now, turn the dough as you pull with your first hand and stretch the dough in the opposite direction with the second hand. Continue to rotate the piece of dough as you work it.

Some other methods can involve holding the dough above the countertop, but this one may be easier for people just getting used to the feel of stretching dough.

Remember, the more you practice the better you will become. And besides, making pizza is fun because even oddly-shaped pizza can still be delicious. Post photos of your practice pizzas from this weekend – we love to see them!

Have a fantastic weekend!

The Rouxbe Online Cooking School Team

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