- 1 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 (1/4-ounce) package or 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
- Cornmeal, for pan
Preheat oven at 450 degrees F.
Measure out 1 3/4 cups warm water (it should be pleasantly warm on your wrist). Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and allow it to activate, about 10 minutes.
Put the salt and 2 cups of the flour into a food processor. Pulse 5 times to blend. Pour in the yeast and water and pulse 5 times. Add the olive oil. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, pulsing and scraping the sides of the bowl until well blended. As soon as the mixture is combined, dump it out onto a well-floured board and knead for 15 turns, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes, until doubled in size, then punch it down. Divide it in half; each half will make 1 (12-inch) pizza.
Place on a cornmeal-dusted pizza stone, pizza pan, or cookie sheet. Roll up edge slightly to create a ridge around the pizza. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until crust is light brown.
Cook's Note: If using only half dough, freeze the other half. Place the dough in a resealable freezer bag. To thaw, remove the bag from the freezer and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Roll the dough out while cold then allow it to come to room temperature before adding toppings.
Pizza sauce recipe
2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce
1/2 c red wine ( I used Lion's Courage from the OZ Winery)
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp oregano
simmer simmer while cooking the pizza dough (55 minutes)
It made enough sauce for the pizza and 2 1/2 pints to can for later
In case you are wondering about the OZ Winery, it is in Wamego, Kansas a block down from the OZ Museum. It is totally worth going if you are driving through Kansas. You can call the OZ Winery and they ship! I recommend Witch in a Ditch, Bad Witch Gone Good, and Lion's Courage.