Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pizza Crust

yield: 1 12(ish)-inch crust

1/4 oz yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup hot (not boiling) water
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil

1. Put the yeast and sugar in a glass measuring cup. Add 4 Tbsp of the water and mix. Leave in a warm place for 15 minutes or until frothy.
2. In large bowl, mix the flour with the salt. Make a well in the center. Add the oil, remaining water, and yeast mixture. Mix to form dough. Turn out on floured surface. Knead until smooth. Return to bowl, cover with a damp hand towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
3. When dough is finished rising, knead for a couple of minutes. Stretch it with you hands into the shape of your pizza stone or cookie sheet. Oil the pizza stone or cookie sheet slightly. Place the dough on it, pushing the dough out until large enough. Don't let the dough be too thick: it will rise more while cooking.
4. Top with whatever you desire and bake according to pizza directions.

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