Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is really easy to make and is a great place to start if you've never worked with yeast before. I like to double the recipe and put the extra in the freezer for another day.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 1/2 hours (including rising time
Yield: makes 2, one-pound balls

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast (or one packet)
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

1. Sprinkle the yeast into the water, along with the sugar and olive oil.  Let sit for five minutes or until frothy and foamy. 

2.
Place the flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer.  After the yeast has bloomed, add it to the flour and stir with the paddle attachment to combine. 

3.
Switch to the dough hook and knead for 5 minutes, or until dough is smooth and supple. 

4. Remove, place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for one hour or until doubled in size. 

**Alternately, you can make the dough by hand.  In a large mixing bowl, mix the bloomed yeast and water with the flour and salt until combined.  Turn out onto a floured surface and with floured hands, knead until dough is soft and supple, about 10 minutes.  (I like to make dough this way and I find the kneading relaxes me.) Place in a greased bowl and let rise as directed above.

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