March 08, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
Just like anybody else, I like pizza. But I don't like spending over $12 at the local take-and-bake for a pizza to feed my family. So... I've decided to learn how to make pizza. Or rather... I've decided to get a recipe so my wife can learn how to make pizza. Or at least the pizza dough.

Here's a recipe I found online that we're trying out tonight.

Quick-Rise Pizza Dough

- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting if necessary
- 1/4-ounce package (2? teaspoons) rapid-rise yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups very warm water (115 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil

Place the flour, yeast and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse to blend. With the machine running, slowly pour the water into the processor, then turn the machine off. Add the oil and pulse briefly to mix it in.

Turn the dough out onto a work surface, and knead for about 15 strokes. The dough should be a little sticky but workable. Divide the dough into the desired number of pieces. Form each piece into a ball that is roughly round or a domed disk.

At this point you may:

1. Allow the dough to rest for 10 to 20 minutes while you prepare the toppings and make the pizza right away.


2. Put 1 teaspoon of oil in a gallon-sized zippered plastic bag. Press on the outside of the bag to evenly coat with oil. Put the dough in the bag and store for a day in the refrigerator. (The dough will continue to rise in the refrigerator, and this will give more flavor to the pizza.)


3. Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for about 2 weeks. Remove from the freezer at least 45 minutes before using it.

This recipe makes enough dough for four 7 1/2-inch mini pizzas, two 12-inch thin-crust pizzas or one 15-inch thicker-crust pizza.

Good times. I'll post later how it turned out.
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