Basic Pizza Dough

5 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cup luke-warm water
1 package dry yeast
2 tsps. Salt
1 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. olive oil


I use my Kitchen Aide mixer with the dough hook for this.  It makes it so much easier and quicker.
Pour the package of dry yeast into the warm water and add the sugar.  Stir and let sit while you get the other ingredients ready.
In a large bowl, put the flour and salt and lightly mix so that you don’t put the yeast mixture directly on the salt.
Add the oil and the yeast/sugar water to the dry ingredients, and mix on low speed until it forms a ball.  Let it knead for about 5 minutes.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it a few times on the counter covered with a light dusting of flour.  Pour two tsps. of oil into the bowl and spread it around.  Place the dough in the bowl and make sure all sides are lightly covered in the oil.  Place a dish towel over the bowl and let it sit for up to an hour.

When ready, dust the counter with flour and knead dough until it is shiny, well okay, dough like.  You get the deal.  Spread on two pizza pans and add your goodies.  Bake at 400 until crust is brown.  Makes two large pizzas.

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