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Old 02-10-2004, 01:43 AM   #1
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Pizza Crust

Does anyone have an easy to make pizza crust recipe? The stores around here used to have the already made crust but none of them carry it anymore. I really don't like kneading dough and all that stuff but if that's what I have to do then I guess I'll do it. But if someone has a recipe that's easy that would be great.

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Old 02-10-2004, 06:42 PM   #2
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If you have a food processor, I have a quick pizza crust recipe.

Mix 1 package of yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar with 1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees) to dissolve. Using a dough blade in the machine, I mix 2 1/2 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon salt. When the yeast is dissolved, turn on the processor and add the yeast mixture plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil. After just a few seconds, stop the processing and check to see if more flour is needed. If it is very wet add 1/2 a cup of flour. You need it to feel soft but not to be too sticky that the blade wont turn. You can add more flour or more water as needed through the top as it processes. Let it go for a whole minute and check dough. It should be smooth and soft. You can always take it out and knead it by hand if you want but I dont usually need to.
Let it rise, covered with a clean towel in a warm place, till double in size. This should take about 45 minutes to an hour. When double punch it down and divide into 2 pieces.
Grease pizza pan with olive oil and pat dough to fit pan. Let it rise again in a warm place for about 20-30 minutes. Doesnt have to be covered this time. Bake with your favorite sauce and toppings for about 12-14 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
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Old 05-08-2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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Pizza Crust

2 Packages yeast (This equals 1/2 oz. or 4 and 1/2 tsp.)
2 teaspoons sugar
4 cups of flour or more
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil (if available use, Extra Virgin)
1 and 1/2 cups of warm water

1. Put yeast and sugar in a cup. Add 1/2 cup of water. The water should be
between 100 and 110 degrees. Mix well. Wait about 5 minutes for the yeast and
sugar to activate.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, olive oil, 1 cup of warm water
and the yeast mixture. Mix this with a fork to get all the liquid
absorbed by the flour.
3. Place a handful of flour on a pastry board or mixing surface. Dust your hands
and spread out the flour. Empty the contents of the bowl on to the flour.
4. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes or until the texture is smooth and uniform.
If the dough seems a little sticky, add a little more flour. One method to
knead, is to lean on the dough with the palm of
your hand. Press the dough to the mixing surface. Fold the dough and repeat.
5. Place the dough in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Place bowl in draft
free area and cover with a damp cloth.
6. Let the dough rise for about an hour. Punch down the dough and wait about 45
minutes. Your dough is now ready.
7. Cut the dough in half (for 2 pizzas) or quarter (for 4 thin pizzas).
8. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll out on a floured pastry board until
the dough is the desired shape. Keep using flour, so the dough
won't stick.
9. Dust a cookie sheet with corn meal. (Oil will work ok, but the dough will be
greasy.) Use a spatula and slide the dough onto the cookie sheet.
10. If you have a peel, assemble pizza on a peel dusted
with corn meal. Or assemble the pizza on a floured board and slide the peel
underneath when finished! Then use the peel to place the pizza on the
pre-heated pizza stone. (This is the absolute best way to make pizza! When you
use a a cookie sheet or pizza stone pre-heat the oven for at least 50 minutes to
an hour at 500 degrees to cook your pizza)
11. The more you make dough the easier it will become. Don't get discouraged if
it seems difficult the first time. You will surprise yourself at how easy it
becomes the second time.

I cook at 550*. Use a pizza stone if you have one.
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Old 07-30-2004, 06:33 PM   #4
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Get yourself a bread machine to make your pizza dough. Cheaper than a Kitchen Aid Mixer and you can make bread too. You won't regret it. Get the kind that makes the long loaf.
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