Monday, November 3, 2008

Pizza Crust

Thank you Tricia for this one! It is easy and VERY good!

Basic Pizza Dough

1 Tbsp sugar
1 C. warm water
2 tsp. yeast
3 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 c. olive oil

Combine sugar, water, and yeast. Place remaining ingredients in bowl, then add the yeast mixture. Mix 1 minute with flat mixer, then switch to dough hook & continue to knead at medium speed for 5 minutes. Dough should be soft & pliable, but not sticky. Put in oiled bowl & let rise (45-90 minutes) until doubled. Punch down, then roll out on a lightly floured surface. Flip the dough 3 or 4 different times during the rolling process. Place on pan that has been sprayed w/cooking spray & coated with a thin layer of cornmeal. Add pizza toppings (I always do the cheese first, then toppings, then sauce so that the crust doesn't get soggy or have a hard time cooking through), sprinkle w/a little parmesan cheese & bake in 475 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted & crust is golden-brown.

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