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Serves/Makes: 2 12-inch rounds

Ingredients
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) warm water
  • 8 cups (1900 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) salt
  • 2-1/2 cups (600 ml) warm water
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse kosher salt
Preparation
  • Dissolve the yeast in the 1/2 cup (125 ml) of water. Set aside until bubbly.
  • Mix the flour, the 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, and salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture and remaining water.
  • Either by machine or hand, knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Place in a large greased bowl.
  • Cover and place in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees (200 C.).
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Place on a large baking sheet and flatten to 1/2 inch.
  • Make indentations in the dough with your thumb.
  • Brush evenly with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with the kosher salt.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
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