Homemade Pizza Dough

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Makes three hearty pizza crusts. This dough can also be used to make calzones or can be frozen for later use. Freeze any dough just after dividing. This can be later thawed at room temperature, then it is ready to use.

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Ingredients

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbs. white sugar
  • 2 1/2 C. warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 1/2 C. whole-wheat flour
  • 5 1/2 C. bread flour

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Directions

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let sit until creamy; about 10 minutes. Stir the olive oil, whole-wheat flour, salt and 4 C. of the bread flour into the yeast mixture. Mix in the remaining flour, 1/2 C. at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume; about 1 hour.Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and form into rounds. Cover the rounds and let them rest for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into the desired shape, cover it with your favorite toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the crust and cheese are golden brown. 

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