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Pizza Dough

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2 pizzas or calzones

Pizza Dough

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This Pizza Dough recipe can be made by hand or by food processor. Two methods, one great result! It requires just a handful of ingredients and is perfect for calzones, too.  

1/2 teaspoon sugar
2-1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
3-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons salt

By hand:

  • Before starting, pour 1-1/4 cups lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees F) into a large bowl.
  • To the bowl with water, add sugar and sprinkle with the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • After the 5-minute wait, add 2 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, to the bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. After the second cup, beat briskly 100 times. Wrap in plastic and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Add the olive oil, salt, and remaining flour, 1/3 cup at a time, beating well after each addition, until the dough forms a ball. Turn it out onto a floured work surface. Knead with floured hands for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the dough is supple and springy, adding more flour as necessary to keep from sticking. See Finishing Steps below.

By food processor:

This is suitable for a processor with a 10- and 12-cup capacity and a metal cutting blade.

  • Before starting, pour 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees F) into a 2-cup Measuring Cup.
  • Add the sugar to the Measuring Cup, then sprinkle with yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • After the 5-minute wait, add the oil to the Measuring Cup and stir to blend.
  • Separately, put the flour and salt into the food processor. Pulse to mix. Stir the liquid in the Measuring Cup again and, using the feed tube, add it in a 10- to 12-second-long stream, with the machine running. When the mixture forms a dough ball that rides above the blade, process (or knead) for 20 to 30 seconds more.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead with floured hands for 30 seconds. See Finishing Steps.

Finishing Steps:

  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough in it, rotating it to coat the surface. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 45 to 60 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Proceed with the recipe as directed.