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Basic Pizza Dough

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Prep Time: 15M

Cooking Time: 20M-25M

Serves: makes 4 servings


  • 3 2/3 cups bread flour
  • two 1/4 oz ( 7g) envelopes instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups tepid water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for the bowl
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  1. Combine the flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add the water and oil, and stir to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured work surface about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  2. Roll the dough into a ball. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat the dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until doubled in size.
  • Prepare ahead: The dough can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 day. Let stand in a warm place about 21/2 hours, until doubled, and knead briefly before using.
  • Good with a variety of vegetables, meats, and cheeses to make a wide range of pizzas.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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