Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pizza Dough

1Tlbs yeast
1 tsp honey
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tlbs extra-virgin olive oil

In small bowl dissolve yeast & honey in ¼ cup of the warm water. In a mixer combine flour & salt. Add oil, the yeast mixture & remaining ¾ cup of water; mix on low speed until dough comes cleanly away from sides of bowl & clusters around the dough hook, about 5 minutes (you can mix it in a bowl by hand and knead it a few times for the same result).
Preheat the oven with your pan inside on the middle rack to 500°. Dip your ball of dough into flour & shake it off spreading the dough out in an even shape with the boarder of the dough a little thicker than the inner part. Transfer the dough to the hot pizza pan being careful not to burn yourself! Add toppings of your choice and return the pan to the oven. Bake until the crust is nicely browned, 10-12 minutes. Best baked on a pizza stone if available.

I believe I got this recipe from a family cookbook sometime ago. We really enjoy it at our house. It beats the competition around here anyway! The Italian cheese bread recipe is really a good treat to go with this!


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