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BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

October 1 2012

Homemade Pizza Dough

    1 package active dry or fresh yeast
    1 teaspoon honey or sugar
    3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4 cup of the warm water. In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the oil and, when absorbed, scrape in the dissolved yeast. Add the remaining 1/2 cup water and knead on low speed about 5 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead 2 or 3 minutes longer. The dough should be smooth and firm. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes. (Dough will stretch when lightly pulled.)

Divide the dough into 4 balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball by pulling down on the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 4 or 5 times. Then on a smooth unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Cover with a damp towel and let them rest for 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, the balls can be loosely covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for 1 to 2 days.