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     Mom's Pizza Dough

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Servings   4 med-large pizzas

One-fourth cup warm water, about 105 degrees for dry yeast, not so hot that it stings your finger
1 package or 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Approx. 6 to 6 and one-half cups regular all purpose flour or whole wheat flour

Pour one-fourth cup warm water into a bowl along with salt, sugar and yeast. Stir and let foam for about 5 minutes. Add rest of the water and then add flour 1 cup at a time. If you have a mixer that kneads dough, you can use the dough hook and complete this process with your mixer. After the dough is no longer sticky, knead it for 10 minutes to develop the gluten.
If you don't have a machine that kneads the dough, add the first couple of cups of flour, and when it begins to get sticky, take out the beaters and use a large wooden spoon to stir in the flour. After adding the 5th cup of flour, the dough will be stiff. Turn the dough out onto a floured bread board and knead in more flour until the dough is smooth and not sticky. Knead it for about 10 minutes.
Let dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. If you don't have time for the dough to rise before making pizza, it still works although the pizza crust might be more tender if the dough has risen before you form the pizza circles.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. I like to bake pizzas on a pizza stone for a crisp crust. I assemble the pizza on a pizza paddle and then slide the unbaked pizza onto the heated pizza stone in the oven, nudging the pizza off the paddle with a flat cookie sheet. Cornmeal on the paddle helps the pizza not stick and slide onto the pizza stone. After the dough has risen or not if you're in a hurry, form a ball about the size of a softball and, with flour or cornmeal on the bread board, use a rolling pin to roll out a thin round circle. If you're brave, you can try throwing it into the air, spinning it to enlarge its size! Then put the circle of dough onto the pizza paddle or onto an oiled pizza pan. I cover the dough with tomato sauce and sprinkle it with onion and garlic powder, pepper and oregano. Then cover it with shredded mozzarella cheese and whatever pizza toppings you like. Bake it for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Remove and cut into slices with a pizza cutter.
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It's fun to have a make your own pizza party and then to make your own ice cream sundae for dessert.

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