Pizza Dough

This is the first savory recipe that I have posted on my blog.  I am not a cooking kind of person, just a baking kind of person, so there isn’t very much savory recipe that I am that interested to try.  Then again, pizza…..who wouldn’t like pizza?  So here it is.

Pizza

Ingredients:
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or 16 grams fresh yeast
2 tsps sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 2/3 cups bread flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil & 1 tbsp. (for baking)
1 teaspoon garlic powder

If you are using instant yeast, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve the yeast and set aside for 5 minutes.

If you are using fresh yeast, combine in a medium bowl, 1 cup of the flour, salt, sugar and the fresh yeast.  Stir together the warm water and olive oil.  Make a small well in the dry ingredients and mix together with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and lump free. Sift the remaining flour on a clean surface and pour the dough mixture onto the flour and knead. The kneading can stop, when the dough comes together and begins to pull away from the surface. It may take some time for the dough to come together.  I found that the dough was a little dry when I was kneading, but remember not to add any more water.  Once the dough becomes smooth, then it is ready for proofing.

Shape dough into a boule and lightly coat the bowl with olive oil.  Place the dough into the greased bowl and cover with a damp towel and place the dough in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Gently turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

Combine the remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil and garlic powder.  Roll the dough out into a 6 inch circle and place it onto a prepared pan.  Top with your desired topping and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the bottom of the crust is hard and crispy.

Pizza Slice

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