Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Make Some Tasty Pizza Dough!

Making pizza dough is super quick, and you probably already have everything you need. You could be eating gourmet pizza in less than 2 hours! Use the dough to make pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, pizza pot pies, all kinds of stuff!


2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water (careful not to use hot water or you'll kill your yeast!)
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil OR Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes

Mix together the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup of the water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. While you're waiting, mix your flour, salt, and seasonings in a large bowl. Now lets check on the yeast again! If it's bubbly, you're ready to go! If not... get some new yeast. Sorry. Now assuming your yeast is active, mix your yeast/sugar mix back in with the rest of the water. Form a well in your flour, the pour in the water mixture. Go ahead and mix it with a wooden spoon until it starts to hurt your wrist. Now knead the dough for another 5 or so minutes. It should be much less sticky at the point, but it's okay if it's still a little sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough set for about an hour. It should double in size.

You're ready to go! Grease the pan and flour your hands. Time to make a pizza!

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