Pizza

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 hr 15 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
2 (12-inch) pizzas, serving 4
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions
Basic pizza dough by hand method:

Toppings:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and if you have one, place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.

In a large bowl, combine yeast with water, olive oil, salt and stir well to proof. After 5 minutes, add half of the flour and mix well to thoroughly incorporate. Add all remaining flour except 1/2 cup and mix well with your hands. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead dough for at least 5 and up to 7 minutes, adding enough additional flour, as necessary, to form a smooth and elastic dough. Dough should not be sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled 2 or 3 quart bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, usually at least 1 hour.

Divide dough into 2 portions (for 2 (12-inch) pizzas) and form into balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes. Then transfer to a lightly floured surface, shape as desired and roll out to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Transfer dough to a pizza peel.

Top with desired toppings.

Place pizzas in the preheated oven and cook, for about 10 to 15 minutes.


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