Pizza Dough

Do you find yourself going to the store to purchase pre-made pizza dough or ordering pizza from a local delivery joint? Making pizza dough is very easy and you can have a fresh pizza in the oven in 1 hour. Choose toppings that can range from fresh mozzarella cheese, crushed tomatoes, and fresh basil to a wide assortment from seafood to meats. You pick the toppings – this pizza dough will become one of your stand-by recipes. If you have not made pizza dough, now is the time to try it out.  You will feel like a ‘rock-star’ when you hear the rave reviews from your homemade pizza.  Throw that pizza delivery number away!  Below are a few photos of an assortment of pizzas I (with the help of some close friends) have made recently.

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Pizza Dough
Ready in under 1 hour, this recipe will make one thin - medium crust, 14' - 16' pizza
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  1. 3 cups flour - if you have "OO" Italian flour, that makes a very authentic crust
  2. 3/4 cup warm water
  3. 1 package active dry yeast
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for 5 - 8 minutes.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture. Incorporate until you have an ball of dough. If the mixture seems too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time. I recommend using your hands to combine. Knead in the bowl until the dough is smooth and elastic. Rub the dough with a small amount of olive oil. Cover and let rest for 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425. Punch down the dough and put dough on your greased pizza pan. Pat dough to the size of the pan. Add toppings. Bake pizza 15 - 20 minutes - you will have to watch this time frame - depending on the toppings you might need to adjust baking time. Serve.
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