Basic Pizza Dough
ENOUGH DOUGH TO MAKE YOU RICH
Pizza dough is fun and easy to make.
Basic dough can be easily transformed into a crusty gourmet pizza by adding different ingredients right into the dough.
Ingredients like garlic, basil or rosemary can very well enhance the flavor of your homemade pizza.
If your planning on a pizza day make sure the kids get involved. It's a lot of fun and a great way to get the family together. Also plan on having flour all over the place.
To begin with make sure you have the right tools. I strongly recommend a pizza stone. It's worth the investment in order to make a better quality pizza. Though my grandmother used a cookie sheet which worked just fine.
Here's a little extra that comes along with this pizza dough recipe. Make more than you need and freeze for later or use the extra dough to make Sfinges. I favor the last suggestion better. Sfinges are simply fried dough sprinkled with sugar. I'll put this recipe in the dessert section for you.
Let's begin the basic pizza dough.
4 cup of all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 package of active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt 2 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbls of sugar
In a large bowl pour in warm water and sugar
Stir to dissolve sugar.
Add yeast and gently stir until yeast is dissolved.
Let mixture sit for around 15 minutes to activate yeast.
Add oil and salt and gently stir.
Add one cup of flour and mix
Add a second cup of flour and mix until sticky.
Add third cup of flour and mix until dough becomes thick.
Place the dough on a floured board and gradually knead in the remaining flour.
Dust with extra flour and continue kneading until dough becomes firm. About 10 minutes.
Kneading is complete when you have a smooth silky ball of dough. It's better to over knead than to under knead.
Grease a large bowl with a little oil.
Place dough in the bowl turning once to coat the dough.
Cover with a dish towel an place in a warm place for about 2 hours allowing the dough to double in size.
Take the dough out of the bowl and cut in half and roll the into two balls.
With a rolling pin roll the dough and place onto a grease baking pan. Cover and let it sit in a warm place for around another hour.
Add your favorite topping.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees
Cook the pizza for around 10 to 15minutes until the crust is golden brown.
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