Friday, February 06, 2004

Part one in a series: How to do Stuff!- How to Make Pizza Dough!
You will need: two bowls, one of which should be oven-safe, a wooden spoon, a clean towel, measuring cups/spoons, water (1 cup warm) flour (2-3 cups), a packet of yeast, salt (1/4 tsp), sugar (1 teaspoon) and olive oil (2 tablespoons).
About 5 minutes before you start mixing, turn your oven on to 250 degrees. Warm one of your bowls by running hot water over it and dry it out. Empty the packet of yeast into the bowl. Add the water and sugar. Yeast likes sugar. Stir it up. Next, stir in one cup of flour until smooth. Then add the salt and olive oil. You can also add spices, such as garlic, at this point. Stir it up until slimey and gooey. Now, add the rest of your flour. It's best to do this a half-cup at a time. This is the trickey part. Add enough flour that your can handle the dough, but it should still stick to your fingers. For me, this is usually about 2.5 cups. At this point, turn off the oven. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. The dough should at this point be smooth and not absorbing more flour. Get your other bowl. Pour some more olive oil in it and smear it around to cover the sides. Roll the dough ball around until it's covered in oil. Cover the bowl with the towel and put it in the oven. Let it rise as much as you want- more risings give a finer texture.

The good thing about pizza dough is that even if you screw it up, it's still tastey. I've been making it since I was 12 or 13, so I have a good idea of how to tweak the amounts as I go.


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