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Pizza Dough - Pizza Dough or Focaccia Bread
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Source:
Kate Ransdell

Serves/Makes:4

Ingredients
  • 3 cups (700 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh basil, or 2 tsp (10 ml) dry
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (225 ml) lukewarm water (120 - 130 degrees)
  • For foccocia bread:
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, slivered
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh finely minced basil or slightly crushed rosemary
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped onion
  • Sea salt
Preparation
  • Mix together flour, yeast, salt and sugar in large bowl. Make a well in center.
  • Mix together basil, garlic, olive oil and warm water and pour into the well. With your hands, start pulling the flour into the liquid until all the flour is absorbed.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until a soft, smooth dough is formed.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft-free location for about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough and knead out air bubbles. Shape into a 15 inch round.
  • Leave a fatter "lip" of dough around the outside. Cover with dampened kitchen cloth again and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free location for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Cover with your favorite pizza toppings and bake in a preheated 400 degree (200 C.) oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • For Focaccia Bread:
  • Instead of shaping into a 15 inch round, only make it about a 10 inch round and don't make the "lip".
  • After dough has risen the second time, brush top with olive oil.
  • Press garlic, basil or rosemary, and chopped onion into dough lightly with your fingertips. This will form small indentations in the dough.
  • Sprinkle the top with coarse sea salt to taste and bake, preferably on a baking stone, at 400 degrees (200 C.) for 25 to 30 minutes.
Comments
The pizza dough is wonderful when baked on a preheated baking stone, sprinkled with a bit of cornmeal. I fear the word "yeast", but even I can make this!

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