Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

Yield: Makes 4 twelve inch crusts or 8 individual ones

Ingredients

  • 1 packet quick-rise dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (should feel like the temperature of your bath)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • Additional flour or cornmeal for rolling out dough

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor or electric mixer, dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt, flour, and the olive oil and mix until the dough forms a ball.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour or cornmeal and knead briefly until smooth.
  4. Lightly oil a medium-size mixing bowl and turn the dough in the bowl to coat. Cover with a damp dish towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free area for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough and place it on a surface dusted with flour or cornmeal. Knead for about 10 minutes.
  6. Flatten it into a disk and divide it into four or eight equal portions with a knife or spatula.
  7. Roll out each portion, gently stretching it with your hands and set on a cookie sheet.
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