Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pizza Dough

7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (approximately)
1 pk dry active yeast
2 2/1 cups water, warm
1/2 Tbsp +1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
All-purpose flour as needed

POUR warm water into a bowl. Add yeast. Using a wire whip, whisk to completely dissolve yeast. Set aside for about 5 minutes, or until yeast activates. Add 1 cup flour, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Mix well. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until dough is soft and springy. Dough should turn into a ball. If dough is too dry, add a very small amount of water. If it becomes too wet, add a small amount of flour.

PLACE ball of dough on a floured board and cover with a dry towel. Allow to sit until ball doubles in size.

CUT risen dough into 4 equal pieces. Again, roll into balls and allow to rise*.

PLACE dough ball on floured board. Using hands, flatten and spread out to form a circle.

SLIDE pizza dough onto a pizza pan or parchment paper.

COVER with your favorite pizza toppings

BAKE in preheated oven at 550ºF for 5-6 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

*If not using dough immediately, wrap each ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready for use. Once ready to use, remove from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.

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