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Basic Pizza Dough

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I bet you don’t realize just how easy it is to make great tasting pizzas at home.  And if you add up what it costs to do it at home, you may never pay Papa John’s ever again!  A mixer makes this a very easy task.  It does take a little time because you need to wait for the dough to rise.  But the taste is outstanding!  And with your favorite toppings, you can get it just like you want it.

A couple of different ways to change things up.  Sometimes I add a little oregano, basil, time, and cayenne to the dough to season it up.  Or crush some garlic cloves and pour a little extra virgin olive oil over them in a small bowl.  Let it sit while the dough rises and the pizza bakes.  Then brush the flavored oil and crushed garlic around the outside crust to add a nice taste for those last (or maybe first) bites of crust, depending on where you start on yours.  Try grilling your pizza over hot coals outside instead of in the oven.  That smokey flavor is great, especially with a veggie pizza.

So grab your favorite marinara sauce, or nice pesto and your favorite toppings.

Basic Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz.) envelope quick-rising yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm water (120 to 130°F)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Combine 1 and 3/4 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor with the chopping blade or a mixer with a mixing hook; pulse or mix until well blended.  Add the warm water and the olive oil.  Process or mix until it forms a ball, adding more flour as needed to make a soft but not sticky dough.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it in an oiled medium bowl.  Turn the dough to make sure that all sides are lightly coated with oil.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside in a warm place until the dough is double in size, 40-45 minutes.

When the dough has risen, divide the dough into 4 portions, and roll out on a lightly oiled surface.  Note:  To bake with your favorite toppings, position the oven rack on the bottom position and preheat the oven to 500°F.  Sprinkle corn meal onto 2 baking sheets.  Roll the dough into rectangles or rounds.  Prebake the dough 2 at a time on the cornmeal topped baking sheet for 2-3 minutes until set.  Then add your sauce or pesto, cheese, and toppings.  Bake again for 5 minutes or more, checking frequently to see when the cheese has melted and the crusts are golden brown and crisp on the bottom, until they reach your desired degree of doneness.  Enjoy!

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