Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross
Hands-on Time
22 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 slices)

Allow the dough to rest at room temperature before rolling it out. If it still shrinks back when you start to work with the dough, let it rest for another 10 minutes, and then try again. For a pretty finishing touch, save a few small basil leaves to sprinkle over the top after it cooks.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).

Step 2

Let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Place basil, garlic, and 2 tablespoons oil in a mini food processor; pulse 3 times to form a paste. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; pulse until smooth.

Step 4

Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a floured surface; pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven. Arrange dough on pizza stone. Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons basil mixture over dough. Top evenly with cheese, tomatoes, and pepper. Bake at 500° for 12 minutes or until crust is browned and crisp. Top with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons basil mixture; sprinkle evenly with salt. Cut into 12 slices.

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