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Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

1-1/2 cups  warm water
1 packet of quick rise yeast (that’s one of the strip of the three packets of yeast you buy in the store)
1-3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
2-1/2  cups bread flour
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

Put warm water in a bowl. Add the sugar. Add the yeast. Mix and let start to proof (bubble).

Add the salt and bread flour. (You can substitute all-purpose flour, but the bread flour gives a better dough and taste). Mix. Might be a little sticky at this point.

Turn out onto a surface covered with the 3/4 cup all-purpose flour. Knead until smooth and elastic.

Turn into a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let rise an hour. Punch down.

Lightly sprinkle a clean surface with flour, flour a rolling pin and roll out to fit a pizza pan or pizza stone. Add a little cornmeal to the pizza pan or stone. Add the rolled out crust, tuck in the edges. Bake about 5 to 8 minutes at 475 degrees just enough to set it up and keep it crispy, not enought to brown it. Remove from the oven, add the tomato sauce, toppings of choice, and cheese. Return to the oven and bake at 475 until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

This dough also makes excellent bread sticks. You can also add herbs to the dough when adding the flour. Rosemary and Basil make good additions to the crust.

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