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Pizza Dough

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 pizzas, serves: 8 (2 servings per pizza)
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Ingredients

1 (.25-ounce) package dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1/2 cup lukewarm water (about 105 to 115 degrees F)

4 cups bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 cup cold water

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast, lukewarm water, and 1/2 cup bread flour. Mix well and let sit until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour and salt in another bowl so it will be evenly distributed. 
  3. Once the yeast mixture is nice and bubbly and looks like foamy beer, add 3/4 cup cold water and olive oil. Using a dough hook, turn the mixer on and add the flour in increments. 
  4. Mix the dough for about 5 minutes, until the dough starts creeping up the dough hook and comes away from the sides of the bowl. 
  5. Place the dough in a large bowl lightly greased with olive oil. Turn to coat all sides of the dough with oil. Cover the bowl loosely with a clean tea towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch dough down, and let rise another hour. 
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal disks. Lightly flour a work surface. Using your fingers or heels of your hands (and a rolling pin, if you prefer) stretch the disks out to a 10-inch round. 
  7. Repeat with the remaining 3 pizza dough disks.