Holiday Pizza

Holiday Pizza

Pizza dough:

3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup warm water (between 95° and 115° F.)
2 T yeast (2 tablespoons, I like my dough a little yeasty. You can use less)
2 T honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix water, honey and salt until well blended. 
Add yeast and mix gently. Let mixture rest for 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of flour and olive oil. 
Mix until well blended. Add the rest of the flour and mix well.
The mixture should form easily into a ball. 
(If too dry, add water- one tablespoon at a time; 
If too wet, add flour - one tablespoon at a time.) 
Once the dough is in ball, place the ball on a flour dusted
board and knead for a minute. Cover and store in a warm, dry area to
rise.

Once the dough has about doubled in size
(about 30-40 minutes) punch it down. 
Let the dough rise for another hour to an hour and a half.

Take dough and press it into a flat ball about 
six to eight inches wide. Continually press the 
dough from the center outwards to stretch
it out, turning the dough as you go. 
When the dough is 1/2" thick, roll it out to 1/4".

Place the rolled out dough on a pizza stone or a lightly-greased cookie sheet.

Toppings:

2 or 3 whole tomatoes, diced.
2 cloves crushed garlic
1lb package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
8 oz. ricotta cheese
8 oz. mozzarella, shredded.
(Any other toppings you'd like)

Spread the ricotta cheese evenly around the pizza dough, leaving a
1/2"-3/4" edge all around. Sprinkle the crushed garlic, evenly over
the ricotta cheese. Spread the spinach evenly; evenly add the
tomatoes, then sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Salt and
pepper lightly.

Bake at 400° F. for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is lightly
browned and cheese is sufficiently melted.
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