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Homemade Pizza Dough

pizzadough

I have a love hate relationship with yeast.  Sometimes it works great for me, but most of the time it’s a flop.  We have been wanting to make pizzas at home, and I didn’t want to buy dough, it is so inexpensive to make, but again, it has yeast.  I found this recipe for pizza dough, and it truly was no fail!!  It worked out amazingly!!  It was light and had a nice chewy crust…for me that is key!  It was flavorful too.  Next time I may add some garlic powder and dried basil to the dough.  For mere pennies, you can make your own dough too!!

INGREDIENTS:

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for the pizza dough-
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey {or sugar}
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
3 cups bread flour {give or take 1/2 cup…depending on the heat & humidity}

DIRECTIONS:

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In a large mixing bowl, stir yeast and honey into warm water.

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Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking.

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Pour in salt, oil and half the flour, and mix.

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Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn’t stick to your hands.

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Once you reach this stage, knead for 6 minutes. Turn a timer on and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes!  The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be clean! Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn’t dry out.

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Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours.

ENJOY!!