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      RECIPE TITLE "Traditional Pizza Dough" 
    recipe from: Nick Stellino's Passione Pasta, Pizza, and Panini by Nick Stellino (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

    ...for more great recipes by Nick Stellino go to our GREAT CHEFS page

    yieldsMAKES DOUGH FOR 2 14-INCH PIZZAS time --- difficultyeasy

    Here is a basic recipe for all your pizza needs, which you will enjoy time and time again. Takeout might become a distant memory.


    1½ cups warm water
    ¾ tablespoon dry yeast (1¼-ounce package)
    1 teaspoon sugar
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional as needed


    Stir together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture rest until the yeast blooms, 3 to 4 minutes.
    Place 3 cups of the flour and the salt in a mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and oil, and stir together to form a sticky dough. Knead, adding the remaining flour a little at a time, until the dough becomes a smooth, elastic ball, about 5 to 8 minutes. If you prefer to use an electric mixer, combine the ingredients with the paddle attachment and then change to the dough hook. Add the flour, a little at a time, until the dough is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl, about 2 to 4 minutes.
    Turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a dry cloth or plastic wrap. Let rise for 30 minutes in a draft-free spot before stretching or rolling into desired shape.

    Chef's Tip: Pizza dough does not require as much kneading or rising time as many bread doughs. If you are in a hurry knead only until it forms a smooth ball. If you have the time, though, knead further to strengthen the gluten. The result will be a chewy, stronger crust.

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