Pizza Dough

Who loves pizza?

I, Zahra, do not love pizza. I LOVE PIZZA. In all caps. That’s how much I LOVE PIZZA.

However, no matter how awesome the toppings on your pizza, it’ll fall short of your expectations if you don’t have an equally amazing pizza crust. I once made the mistake of not taking the dough seriously. Oh what a mistake that was. The internet offered many recipes for yeast-less pizza dough (as I did not have any yeast at that moment and really wanted pizza), so I thought since so many people had tried this method, it was just as good as a regular yeast-full pizza dough. Boy was I wrong.

True, it looked just fine, but it made the list of Worst Things I Have Ever Cooked. It’s actually up in the top three.

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So although other people have had these apparent successes, I beg of you, find your yeast packets and make this pizza dough. It’s delicious!

Pizza Dough

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/3 cup olive oil
Pinch of salt (about 1 teaspoon)
4 cups all-purpose flour

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1. Start by measuring out your yeast and salt in a little bowl.

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2. Pour in your warm water. Try not to pour as violently as I do and splatter all the yeast everywhere.

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3. Stir it just a little and let it sit until nice and foamy. It’ll look something like this.

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4. Pour mixture into a bigger bowl and add in olive oil and stir around.

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5. Dump in your flour and stir stir stir until a well-incorporated ball forms.

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6. Dump out the dough unto a lightly floured surface and knead knead knead.

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Until you get a pretty dough ball.

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7. Coat the outside of your dough ball lightly with olive oil.

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8. Cover tightly and let it rise for about 2 hours. Then, use your pizza dough for all your pizza needs! Or calzone needs! You’ll want to bake at a fairly high heat, 400 degrees or so.

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