Pizza Dough for Thin Crust Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour (may substitute whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose)
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1⁄2-1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cornmeal, for sprinkling

Instructions

1 _ Mix a little sugar into the warm water.

2 _ Sprinkle yeast on top.

3 _ Wait for 10 minutes or until it gets all foamy.

4 _ Pour into a large bowl.

5 _ Add flour, salt, olive oil.

6 _ Combine.

7 _ Knead for 6-8 minutes until you have a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (add a bit more flour if you need to).

8 _ Cover and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

9 _ Lightly grease two 12-inch pizza pans.

10 _ Sprinkle with a little bit of cornmeal.

11 _ Divide dough in half.

12 _ Place each half on a pizza pan and pat it with your fingers until it stretches over the whole pan.

13 _ Try to make it thicker around the edge.


14 _ If desired, pre-bake at 425 F for 10 minutes (I don't always do this).

15 _ Then spread with pizza sauce and use the toppings of your choice.

16 _ Bake at 425 F for 10-20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot.

17 _ Makes 2 12-inch pizzas.

18 _ If you don't want to use all the dough, you can freeze it.

19 _ Take a portion of dough, form into a ball, rub olive oil over it and place it in a freezer bag (the oil makes it easier to take out of the bag).

20 _ When you want to make a pizza, take dough out of freezer and allow to thaw before using.

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