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Basic Pizza Dough

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst
Prep time 12 mins
Stand time 5 mins
Rise time 1 hr
Yield Makes crusts for 2 (10-inch) pizzas

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour, plus more for rolling out
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in flours, olive oil, and salt to form a soft dough.

  2. Turn dough out onto a surface lightly sprinkled with semolina flour; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a ball, and place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  3. Punch dough down. Divide in half.