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Coco loves olive pizza

This pizza dough is so easy to make and so, so good.  I usually double the recipe and freeze any leftovers. 

I used to be afraid of making bread or pizza dough because I never had the patience to knead it well enough.  Then,  I discovered the kitchen aid mixer!  It makes  kneading dough so easy.  Let me warn you now, as a woman who has personally killed two kitchen aid mixers…never mix bread dough  at a speed higher than 2 and you don’t need to mix it as long as you would by hand. Thank heavens Kitchen Aid mixers have great warranties and service.

I found this recipe in Sunset Magazine (August 2009) and it’s a keeper.  The original called for grilling the pizza, but I just bake it.  I adapted a pizza sauce recipe from the same article.

olive pizza

 

Practically Perfect Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 t. salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir yeast into 1 1/2 cups warm water. Let stand about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the oil, flour and salt. Mix with the dough hook on speed 1 to blend. Then mix on speed 2 until dough is very smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Dough will still feel tacky.
  3. At this point,if you want to make this ahead of time, you can refrigerate at least 3 hours and up to 2 days. Dough will double in size and flavor will develop as it stands.
  4. Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk - about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Punch down dough and let rise again until doubled - 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Turn dough onto a floured work surface and cut into 6 equal portions. For each pizza, lay a sheet of parchment on work surface and flatten dough portions with well oiled hand into 9 to 10 inch rounds. Let dough stand until puffy , about 15 minutes.
  7. Spread about 2 T. of pizza sauce to top and the top with your favorite toppings.
  8. Fit as many parchments with pizza as you can on top of a large baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 14 -16 minutes.

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