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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pizza Dough

This is my all time favorite pizza dough recipe.  I love making it by hand.  I've tried it in the kitchen aid, but for some reason it always turns out better when done by hand.  The olive oil gives it a great flavor.

Pizza Dough
adapted from Jamie Oliver

*this recipe is quite large.  I doubled it the other day to feed about 16 people, and we had just a little bit left

9 cups all-purpose flour
4-1/2 cups tepid water
4 tsp yeast
2 tbs kosher salt
10 tbs olive oil

*Place the flour in a very large bowl and make a well in the center.  Add the yeast and salt.

*Pour in the tepid water.

*Then the olive oil.

*With a fork, stir the mixture.

*Keep stirring and slowly pull in flour from the sides.  When it becomes difficult, you can use a wooden spoon, or go straight for the hands (the best tool).  You will need to add more flour slowly since it will be pretty sticky.  But keep working it until smooth.  I keep it in the bowl the entire time, but you can also knead it on a flat surface.  It takes me about 10-15 minutes or so to do this.  If it is a little sticky, that's fine.

*Form dough into a ball and place in a well oiled bowl.  Let rise for about one hour.

*Punch down.  Now you are ready to make pizza!

*Note:  Don't work the dough too much after you punch it down.  I like to divide the dough into pizza size portions and let it rest.  It makes forming the pizza much easier.



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