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  1. Pizza Dough flour (approx. 3 cups)

  2. 1/2 tsp. salt

  3. 1 packet fast-rising yeast

  4. 1 C. warm water

  5. 2 tsp. olive oil

  6. Blend the yeast with two cups of flour and the salt. Add the water

  7. and the oil and mix to form a dough. Add more flour as necessary

  8. until you can knead the dough. Knead for about 6 minutes.

  9. Put the dough in a bowl and allow to rise for about 45 minutes. In

  10. the meantime, preheat the oven to 400F and prepare your toppings.

  11. Split the dough into two pieces and roll into two medium size

  12. pizzas. In the U.S., you can use bread flour to make the pizzas.

  13. If so, the dough should be strong enough to handle spinning in the

  14. air. For that to work, though, do not knead the dough (or punch

  15. down) after it has risen! If you want to spin, it'll probably go

  16. easier if you just resort to using all the dough for one large

  17. pizza.

  18. If you're rolling the dough, ideally you can roll it out on parchment

  19. paper, which can go directly into the oven with the pizza. Why not

  20. do it on a cookie sheet? Well, the secret of a good pizza crust

  21. (particularly a thin one) is that the pizza should bake directly

  22. on a hot surface. I have lined my oven with quarry tiles, and I

  23. bake my pizzas directly on that. A pizza stone can be had at a

  24. cooking store, or you might try baking directly on the floor of

  25. your oven. If you try to bake on a cookie sheet that you slide into the oven with the pizza on it, I think you'll find yourself frustrated

  26. in the quest of good crusty pizza.

  27. After rolling out and preparing your pizza on top of parchment

  28. paper, slide the paper (with the pizza on it) onto a large cutting

  29. board held level with the counter. Then open the oven and gently

  30. shake the cutting board so that the pizza and the paper slide right

  31. off.

  32. If you don't have parchment paper, roll out or spin your pizza

  33. dough and then place it on a cutting board liberally dusted with

  34. cornmeal. Put the toppings on the pizza and then do the same sliding

  35. trick before (although it's good to check, just beforehand, that

  36. the pizza doesn't seem stuck anywhere to the board).

  37. Bake the pizza for 12-18 minutes.

  38. If you have a pizza peel instead of a cutting board, use that!


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