Wednesday, February 16, 2011

pizza crust

Ingredients: 2 cups warm water, 1 Tbsp each sugar & dry yeast, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 5 to 6 cups flour.
Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and let stand until yeast is very bubbly (called proofing the yeast). Put the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add the salt and oil to the yeast and pour in the well in the flour. Mix in as much flour as you can with a wooden spoon. Put some extra flour on counter-top or bread board and dump the dough out and knead until it is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. oil a clean bowl and place dough in bowl turning over so all the dough is oiled. Cover and let rise in a warm draft free place until double in size (30-45 min.)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Punch down dough and divide either in half or into individual sizes. Fatten into a circle and place on a sheet pan or pizza pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Brush on olive oil then top as desired. Can use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce. We like spaghetti sauce, ham, pineapple, black olives, and a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. As to the toppings, use your imagination or whatever you like. When topped, bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Pray and enjoy!!!

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