Over 50,000 downloads and no wonder why - everyone needs at least one black dress pizza dough. This is one of mine. It is great for almost anything you throw at it or on it. I use this for Pizza Croissants - another favorite recipe. Make this and use it the same day or refrigerate it overnight for a more rustic pizza the next day.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
1 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 - 3 cups bread flour
Olive oil for pizza pans
Grease three 9 inch pizza pans with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.
For the dough, in the bowl of an electric mixer, hand whisk the water and yeast and let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, olive oil and 2 cups of bread flour and mix to make a soft mass. Knead with the dough hook on the slowest speed of the mixer, dusting in additional flour as required to form a soft, elastic dough, about 5 to 8 minutes. Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Insert bowl into a large plastic bag and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Gently deflate the dough, reinsert into plastic bag, and allow to rest an additional 15 minutes.
Alternatively you can refrigerate the dough overnight, deflat before using and form into pizzas and give them a longer rise.
Press or roll out dough to fit prepared pizza pans.
If dough resists or otherwise retracts, let it rest for a few minutes, then gently coax it to fit pan. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top of dough. Spread on tomato sauce and topping of your choice
Preheat oven to 425 F. Bake 15 minutes, and then reduce heat to 400 F. Bake another 15 - 20 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly brown.
Makes three 9 inch pizzas
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