Monday, May 18, 2009

Basic Pizza Dough

I figured I'd start with my basic pizza dough, which a lot of people seem to like. Cori I promise I'll post the recipe for the Chicken Alfredo pizza later, so hopefully we'll have a post almost every day.

Pizza Dough (makes 2 12-inch pizza or one large rectangular cookie sheet size)

2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1 1/3 c. warm water
1 Tbs. sugar
3 1/2 to 3 3/4 c. flour
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

Combine yeast, water, and sugar in mixing bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them together. Knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes, if you are using a machine 5 minutes, so dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer dough to a bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil and turn it over once to coat the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 60-90 minutes, until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 475. Grease and dust 2 cookie sheet with cornmeal (I usually don't use cornmeal, I just grease it). If you are using a baking stone preheat it in the oven for 45 minutes. Punch the dough down and divide it in half (for 2 round pizza) or don't divide if you want to make a large rectangular pizza. Roll each piece into a ball and let rest covered loosely with plastic wrap for 10-15 minutes. At this point get your toppings ready.
Flatten each ball and form into the shape you want. Place dough on prepared pan, if you are using a stone place it on the paddle dusted with cornmeal. You can brush the top of the dough with olive to prevent crust from getting soggy, I usually don't do this.
Use your fingertips to push dents in the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Top the pizza and bake for 10-12 minutes (I'm not sure how long to cook it with a pizza stone, so you'll have to check on it and figure it out if you are using one.

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