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Simple Pizza Dough Recipe

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Homemade pizzas are great because you can create the pizza to your liking. My family has homemade pizza at least once a month. I make my pizza dough using the “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook recipe. It is a very basic recipe, but like any dough it requires kneading and time to “rise.” I have found homemade pizza dough (and any homemade bread) to be much more filling and much better tasting than their store equivalents. Once the dough has finished rising I dress it with my ingredients and then cook everything at once. I’ve found that the dough is softer that way. It may be good measure to lightly saute your vegetables (namely peppers and other firm veggies) before putting them on your pizza if you like less crispy veggies. Enjoy! 😉

Ingredients:2 and 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F)

2 tablespoons cooking oil or olive oil

Directions:


1. In a large mixing bowl combine 1-1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, and salt; add warm water and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total) . Divide dough in half (or leave whole if making one pizza). Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.
3. Grease one large baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal if desired (I do this, it helps with sticking). With greased hands gently spread and stretch dough out on your baking sheet. Be VERY patient and gentle with this, it is not easy at first. Make sure that every part and corner of the pan is covered with your dough. Close any holes you make in the dough. Cover and let rise until nearly double in size (30-45 minutes). I prefer to let my dough rise in an unheated oven because it is still warm inside. Remove dough from oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread your sauce onto the pizza dough and then add other ingredients to the pizza. If you use cheese it should go on last. Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes
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Author: Charish Halliburton

Writer and Editor for The Motley News

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