BAKING PERFECT PIZZA

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Prep Time: 15 minutes (rise time extra)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
1-1/4 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 (0.25 oz.) envelope active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornmeal
1 cup pizza sauce
Assorted toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, peppers and mushrooms
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
 
Directions
1. Place 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl.  Sprinkle yeast over water; stir in sugar.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Add remaining water, oil and salt.  Stir in flour until dough pulls away from side of bowl.
2. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface.  Knead until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.  Coat large bowl with cooking spray; place dough in bowl, turning to grease tip.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap.  Let rise in warm place until almost double in size, about 45 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 450°F.  Punch down dough.  Coat two 12-inch pizza pans with cooking spray; sprinkle pans with cornmeal.  Divide dough in half.  Roll dough to fit prepared pans; press dough against edge to form rim.  Bake crust for 10 minutes.
4. Remove crust from oven and top with pizza sauce.  Add the toppings and sprinkle with cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted 15 to 20 minutes longer
 
Notes:

Tip: The secret to rolling pizza dough is to let it rest for 10 minutes after it is about half the size needed.  Then it will easily stretch the rest of the way.

Makes 2 (12-inch) pizzas.

Categories:
Meal   DinnerDish   Main Dish
Cooking Method   BakedStyle   Kid Pleasers
Prep Time   15 to 30 minutesCooking Time   15 to 30 minutes




Eileen Stalec

Member since Dec 2008

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