Recipe courtesy of Curtis Aikens
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Total:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
2 hr
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

Basic Pizza Dough:

Directions

Add toppings to pizza dough and bake in the lowest part of the oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until dough is cooked through and golden.

Basic Pizza Dough:

In a measuring cup, combine water and sugar. Dissolve dry yeast in warm water mixture. Set aside for about 5 minutes, allowing yeast to become active.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and salt. Make a depression in the flour mixture and add oil and foamy yeast mixture. Mix dough ingredients until they stay together. (Alternatively, place dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. Add oil and yeast mixture and pulse again until dough begins to form a ball.) Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. If the dough appears wet or sticky, add flour, a little at a time, to achieve a smooth consistency. 

Oil the inside of a clean dry bowl. Place the ball of dough in the bowl and roll it around so that it is covered with a layer of oil. Cover the dough with a towel and allow it to rise for about 1 1/2 hours in a warm area free of drafts.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F as you begin to roll out dough.

After the dough has risen, punch it down and place on a floured surface. Roll out or press out to desired shape and place on hot stone or baking sheet.

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