However, utilizing a little bit of oil in most dough recipes is a helpful addition.
It will help tenderize the final crust.
Oil is a form of fat which contains a lot of flavor; one of the reasons why fatty foods are so popular in our diets.
Oil in and on dough helps prevent any liquid from seeping into the dough making it soggy.
Pizza crusts are often brushed with olive oil before the toppings are put on.
When cheeses, fresh mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, Greek olives, red peppers, and others are added as toppings it can create additional moisture that can make dough soggy.
A little bit of olive oil will help protect from happening.
Another thing oil can cause is crispiness.
If you add more oil to the dough the more crispy, and flaky it will be once baked.
Due to cost some pizza bakers create olive oil special blends that may include canola or other oils.
High quality extra virgin olive oil will make all the difference to the taste of your pizza.
Typical toppings for this kind of crust can range from pepperoni ham, ground beef, sun dried tomatoes, Greek olives, red onions, grilled boneless chicken breast, with a special blend of cheeses, fresh mozzarella.
Go ahead and experiment, create your own tomato sauce, try anything as a topping as long as you like it.
Make a fresh salad to go with it, romaine lettuce, tomato, greek cheese, with a nice creamy Italian dressing on the side.
Best Olive Oil for Pizza Dough
I look for several things in olive oil depending on how I am going to use it.
If I really want to experience the true olive oil flavor, pepperiness and all then I want to choose something that will light up my taste buds.
Something earthy, fruity, full, and a little bit bitter.
On the other hand if I am including it in cooking, or baking I don’t want the olive oil flavor to overwhelm the dish.
Therefore, I will tend to use something a bit milder with a more fruity, mild, and buttery flavor.
I think the best oils for baking like use for most other things will be extra virgin or virgin but nothing below that designation.
You will, however, want to use something that is more on the mild side, and leave the oils with a more pungent flavor for dipping.
My picks would be as follows:
Olive Oil Pizza Dough Recipe
Olive Oil Pizza Dough
- Make a well in the middle and pour in the water and olive oil.
- Mix until a dough emerges. As always when making dough, add more liquid if dry and more flour if wet until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Let rise for an hour or until double in size. Punch down and cut into the appropriate sizes for the pizza you are making.
- Preheat oven to its highest temperature.
- Brush the rolled out dough with extra virgin olive oil.
- Spoon tomato sauce if you choose, add toppings.
- Bake for ten to fifteen minutes depending on your oven. Watch closely.