Sunday, June 6, 2010

Homemade Pizza Crust

This pizza crust is phenomenal. The outside gets nice and crispy while the inside remains soft and moist. There's nothing quite like a homemade pizza!  (Although I don't think I'm going to make another asparagus-topped one any time soon...)

This recipe either makes one very large thick-crust pizza or two medium sized regular crust pizzas. You can wrap half the dough in plastic wrap and put it in a Ziploc bag if you'd like to freeze half the dough for next time.

From Allrecipes

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.

2. Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.

3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. **If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes.
Prebake the dough for about 10 minutes before topping it.

4. Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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