basic pizza dough (for grilling)

Categories
Pizza
Breads
Yield
19 oz dough
MeasureIngredient
2 cups (to 2-1/2) Bread flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 cup +2 Tablespoons warm water (115 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 x (envelope) Active dry yeast

Place 2 cups of the flour in the bowl of a food processor. (If you don't have a food processor, follow the same steps, but use a bowl and a spoon to mix the dough.)

In a small, separate bowl, blend the yeast with the warm water and 1 tablespoon of flour. Let the mixture stand about 5 minutes to proof the yeast. When it bubbles and foams, pour the yeast mixture through the feed tube into the food processor with the machine running. Add the olive oil and salt, then incorporate more flour if necessary, until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and forms a ball.

Remove the dough from the processor and place it on a floured work surface. Knead the dough for several minutes, working in flour as necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticky. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a deep floured bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap then set it in a warm, draft-free spot to rise.

After two hours, the dough can be rolled. For chewier pizzeria-style crusts, however, the dough should be punched down and allowed to rest an additional four hours. The aged or retarded dough can be used immediateloy or placed in the refrigerator for use the following day.

Let chilled dough return to room temperature before rolling it.

Turn the rested dough onto a floured board and press it into a flat circle with your finger. Do not knead the dough again before rolling it. Shape, top and bake the dough according to the instructions provided in the pizza recipe you'll be using.

NOTE: The following analysis is based on the whole dough recipe.

Nutritional Analysis Per Crust: 1,188 CALORIES; 18.3g FAT; (2.5g saturated fat, 14 percent calories from fat); 0mg CHOLESTEROL; 2,138mg SODIUM.

Recipe by Chef Carl Oshinsky, author of "What Your Mother Never Taught You, the Pizza Gourmet Will" (The Pizza Gourmet, $24.95), as seen in THE OLYMPIAN, 6/28/95.

Typed by Iris Grayson

Submitted By IRIS GRAYSON On 07-08-95

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