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Recipe

Basic Pizza Dough

  • Yield: 1 large pizza crust, or 2 medium pizza crusts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm (110 degrees F) water
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar and stir to combine. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt, mixing by hand until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, working the dough after each addition, until all the flour is incorporated but the dough is still slightly sticky. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth but still slightly tacky, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Oil a large mixing bowl with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to oil all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Use as directed.