Monday, May 12, 2014

Pizza Crust

The best pizza is the kind you make at home...well, at least my family thinks so. :) Here is my recipe for pizza crust... it's easier than you think...

3 cups Organic Unbleached White Flour

2 1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast (or one packet)

1 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp. dried basil

1 cup hot water (about 110 degrees) - it should feel like a nice warmish/hot bath...too hot will kill the yeast, not hot enough and it won't activate.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, yeast, salt, garlic powder and basil. Add water and olive oil, stir with wooden spoon. Add more of the remaining flour to make soft (slightly sticky) dough. {As I always told my son, too much flour makes bricks not bread}. Turn dough onto lightly floured counter and knead, adding a little more of the remaining flour only as needed to keep it from sticking to your hands. Knead for 5-8 minutes or until it feels very pliable and soft. drizzle a little oil on the counter, spread it on the counter and all over the dough ball. Invert the bowl over it and let sit 10 minutes.

Push your fist into the center of it, recover it and let sit 5 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 425.

Using your finger tips, press the dough into a pizza circle. Start from the center and gently pat your fingertips toward the edges turning the circle until it is the desired size. Carefully fold it in half and

I place a piece of parchmet paper on a small flat cookie sheet and

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