Yeast Dough for Pizza Crust

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Pizza dough can be used to make not only pizza, but also calzone, stromboli, and breadsticks. This recipe is enough for 2 medium-size round pizzas.

Difficulty: Medium

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 2 hours 30 minutes

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 package yeast
  • 3 oz. warm water
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup cool water
  • 1½ tsp. salt

Directions

  • Combine yeast with the warm water, sugar, and ½ cup of the flour. Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Add olive oil, cool water, salt, and 1 cup flour. Combine with a wooden spoon. Add remaining cup of flour; mix to form dough. Knead dough on a floured board for 5 minutes, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  • Place dough in oiled bowl; cover. Let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. Punch down dough and divide in half. Roll the halves into balls and let rise, covered, for 1 hour. Dough is then ready to roll or stretch into pizza rounds, top, and bake.