One of the main things required to make a really good pizza is good pizza dough. This is what will make or break a good pizza. A lot of people want to know how to make pizza like the takeouts make it and the truth is it’s all in the pizza dough.
* 2 packages dry yeast
* 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
* 4 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
Dissolve yeast in water; set aside for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine flour, salt, sugar and oil in bowl; make a well in the center. When water/yeast mixture is bubbly, pour into center of well. Start kneading dough, bringing flour toward center of bowl; gradually increase kneading motion.
If dough feels dry, add a little more water; if it feels sticky, add more flour. Knead vigorously until dough is smooth and elastic. Roll into ball; cover with a damp cloth. Let rest for about 20 minutes warm place. Beat dough with your palm to expel gas formed while fermenting. Roll dough again into ball; place in greased bowl. Baste with oil. Cover with plastic wrap; store in refrigerator.
When ready to use, place dough on floured counter top or table. Flatten with your hands, working from center out (a rolling pin may do also). Push dough evenly onto greased cookie sheet or pizza pan, forming a 12-inch circle with edges thicker than middle. Apply favorite topping in desired mounts. Bake in hot oven (475 to 500 degrees) until golden brown.
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i got the recipe for the dough out of the most recent cook’s illustrated; it wasn’t much more involved than making ordinary pizza dough, and the results were thick and flaky and good. i didn’t have metal pans big enough though! i used a glass pie pan, which didn’t give me as good a "crust" on the crust as i would have liked.
it was a basic pie, cheese & mushroom and homemade sauce.