Basic Pizza Dough

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) of active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

In a small bowl dissolve the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water gently until it dissolves. Let stand in a warm place for 5 minutes.  Combine 3 cups flour with the salt in a large bowl.  Make a Well with the flour and pour in yeast mixture and oil. Stir until dough just starts to hold together. Knead dough until it is smooth and springy. Let dough rise 1 hour. Cook on a baking Stone at 500 degrees.

Variations:

Cornmeal Dough: Substitute 1 cup cornmeal for equal amount of flour.

Cracked Pepper Dough: Add 3 tablespoons cracked black pepper while kneading dough.

Curried Dough: Add 2 tablespoons of curry powder with the salt.

Focaccia Dough: Increase salt to 2 teaspoons and water 1 1/2 cups.   Omit the Olive oil from mixture, brush rolled out dough with olive oil.

Herbed Dough: Add 3 tablespoons minced fresh herbs or 1 tablespoon of dried herbs.

Seeded Dough: Add 1/4 cup of sesame seeds or poppyseeds while kneading dough.

Spicy Dough: Add 2 tablespoons paprika and 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper with the salt.

Sweet Dough: Add 1/4 cup of sugar with the flour and reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. Use flavorless vegetable oil instead of olive oil.

Whole-Wheat Dough: Substitute 1 cup of whole-wheat flour for an equal amount of white flour

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