Pizza Dough

As a kid my older brothers and I were not allowed to drink soda or eat in front of the TV.  However, on Friday nights we were allowed one soda with our homemade pizza and we could watch our Friday night shows while eating.

The best part about making our pizzas was we could help my mom make them.  We could put any toppings on them that we wanted.  It felt that we had created something special.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups warm water (make sure the water is not boiling otherwise it will kill the yeast)

2 Tablespoons active dry yeast (different yeast have different purposes, this will tell you the purposes)

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 Tablespoons olive oil

5 cups flour plus extra for dusting kneading surface

A Wooden Spoon

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Steps:

1.Combine the water and yeast with the wooden spoon in a large bowl.

2. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the yeast starts to activate.  This happens when bubbles start forming.

3. Add the sugar, salt and oil.  Stir with the wooden spoon.

4. Add half of the flour and mix well.

5. Add remaining flour.

6. Dust the kneading surface with about a tablespoon of flour.

7. Knead the dough on the floured surface until smooth.

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8. Place dough back in the bowl you mixed the ingredients in and let it rise for 30 minutes.

9. When it is rising it must be covered by a clean towel and placed in a warm place in your kitchen.

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10. After 30 minutes take the dough out of the bowl and punch it down.

11. Split the dough into 3 pieces.

12. Take one piece of dough and press onto a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan.

13. Add the toppings you like.

14. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

15. You can make all of the dough into pizzas or bread sticks or freeze it.

16. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Tips and Tricks:

-Make sure to use a wooden spoon because a metal utensil is reactive and can change the taste of the bread ( learn more about the advantages of a wooden spoon).

-Getting used to working with yeast can be tricky but thekitchn has some tips.

-You can make your own pizza sauce or you can pick one from the Cooking Light list of best pasta sauces.

 

-Abbey

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