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Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

From Wolfgang Puck

Pizza Dough

Ingredients

  1. 1 package active dry or fresh yeast
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 cup warm water (105º to 115ºF)
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    Toppings of your choice

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4 cup warm water.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and the salt. Add the oil, yeast mixture, and the remaining 3/4 cup of water and mix on low speed until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and clusters around the dough hook, about 5 minutes. (The pizza dough can also be made in a food processor; dissolve the yeast as above, combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse once or twice, add the remaining ingredients, and process until the dough begins to form a ball that rides around the side of the bowl on top of the blade.)
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead by hand 2 or 3 minutes longer. The dough should feel smooth and firm. Cover the dough with a clean, damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes. (When ready, the dough should stretch easily as it is lightly pulled.)
  4. Divide the dough into 4 balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 4 or 5 times to form a smooth, even, firm ball. On a smooth, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest 15 to 20 minutes. Use as directed for smoked salmon pizza; dough may be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
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