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BASIC PIZZA DOUGH

BASIC PIZZA

Pizza is a favourite everywhere! The perfect pizza is a combination of the simplest and great tasting parts. Chewy and crispy dough, flavourful sauce and melted cheese. That's all you really need. The only way to attain the perfect pizza in your kitchen is to practise, practise, practise...happy baking!

Here's what you'll need

  • 3 cups flour (maybe a bit more if needed)
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

THE DOUGH

  1. sift the flour into a big mixing bowl

  2. in a measuring cup, add yeast with warm water and olive oil until frothy (about 10 minutes)

  3. add the yeast mix to the flour with a dash of salt (make sure to leave some of the flour out as you'll want to add it as you need, keeping the dough slightly sticky)

  4. start mixing with your hand until the dough starts to form and then turn out onto your countertop

  5. knead the dough for at least 15 minutes (HINT: set a timer)

  6. grease a big mixing bowl with olive oil and drop the dough in, cover with a just damp dish towel and set in a warm part of the kitchen

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  8. let it rise to double it's size...at least an hour

  9. punch it down and let it rise again

  10. now it's ready to use

THE SAUCE

  1. sautee garlic and onions in olive oil until translucent and fragrant

  2. add the chopped tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid is gone (about 10 minutes)

THE ASSEMBLY

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  1. divide the dough into two depending how big you want the pizza

  2. gently work the dough onto a pizza pan until it's about ¼ inch thick and let it sit 15 minutes or so

  3. spread the sauce on and add cheese

  4. the next big secret to a great pizza is heat...you'll need at least a 500° oven, but go higher if you can

  5. bake for 5 ~ 8 minutes, but keep an eye on it!

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