Monday, January 7, 2008

Pizza Dough - Made in the food processor

Pizza Dough - Made in the food processor

4 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. cornmeal
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tblsp. warm water
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Pre-heat oven to 425 F. Rub 1 teaspoon olive oil over a 14-inch pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water and let stand until foamy (2-3 minutes).

Combine flour, salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade*. Turn on machine. Pour yeast mixture through feed tube. Process until dough cleans inside of work bowl. If dough sticks, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. If dough is crumbly, add water a teaspoon at a time. When you reach desired consistency, process dough until uniformly supple and elastic, about 40 seconds.

Roll dough immediately on heavily floured board to a 14-inch circle. If dough resists, let rest 5 minutes to relax gluten, then try again.

Transfer dough to pizza pan. Work the edge to form rim. Brush with remaining oil. Add toppings Bake for 15-18 minutes until crust is crisp and golden brown.

*This dough can be made with an electric mixer or in a bread machine, although a food processor is ideal.

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