Pizzas are called lathenia or ladenia in Greece (pronounced lah-THEN-yah) and they're home-cooking favorites. This Greek pizza dough recipe is simple, but easy doesn't mean substandard. The dough creates a fabulous pizza crust using self-rising flour—you can make your own if you don't have any on hand. It's just a matter of adding some baking powder and salt to all-purpose flour.
- 4 cups flour (self-rising)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 2 to 3 teaspoons olive oil for (brushing before cooking)
Preheat the oven to 400 F (300 C).
Combine all dough ingredients. Knead for 20 minutes and set aside until the oven has fully preheated. You can use this time to prepare your toppings. The dough will start to rise.
Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Brush it lightly with olive oil before adding the topping.
Bake until your topping is melted and the dough is cooked through about 15 to 20 minutes.
- This recipe makes enough for one 18-inch pizza, two 9-inch pizzas or three 6-inch pizzas.
- You can let pizza dough sit overnight in the refrigerator rather than knead it if the fridge temperature is no warmer than 40 F. This makes dough stretchy—enzymes break down the long flour proteins and the shorter ones will naturally weave together into gluten, creating those "bubbles" in pizza dough.
- Alternatively, you can let the dough rise at room temperature for up to two hours if preparing the topping takes longer than expected. But keep in mind that the longer the dough sits, the more likely it is to develop a slightly sour taste. The U.S.D.A. recommends against consuming any food containing a milk product that's sat at room temperature for too long.
- Add feta cheese to your mixture for a traditional Greek topping, but don't use it in lieu of mozzarella. Mix about a cup of mozzarella to 3/4 cup of feta.
- Add a little chopped spinach—about 5 ounces—to your filling for another traditional Greek touch.
- Consider using a pizza stone rather than a skillet or baking sheet to cook your pizza. They're not expensive and you'll end up with a much more "professional" dough. Simply place the stone in the oven before you preheat it, then place the pizza on top of the stone when it's warmed. This cooks the pizza as though it was baked in a brick oven.