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Quick-Rising Pizza Dough

May/June 1992

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Here is a versatile foundation for healthful pizzas whose toppings can be as creative as your imagination and palate. A large-capacity food processor will cut down on kneading time.



READER'S COMMENT:
"This dough was very easy to make and it turned out fairly well. It wasn't a soft crust (as I prefer), but that might be because I pre-baked it slightly prior to putting on the ingredients. I'll have to try it again but without the pre-...
Quick-Rising Pizza Dough Recipe

Makes: Eight 6-inch crusts

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Ingredients

  • 4-4 1/4 cups all-purpose white flour, divided
  • 2 packages Rapid-Rise yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

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Preparation

  1. Stir together 3 cups flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine water and oil in a small saucepan. Heat until hot to the touch, 125 to 130°F. Gradually stir the oil and water mixture into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon. Beat until well mixed. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a firm, soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover with plastic and let rest for 10 minutes. (Alternatively, in a food processor, combine 4 cups flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Heat 1 1/2 cups water and oil to 125 to 130°F. With the motor running, gradually add the hot liquid. Process, adding up to 2 tablespoons cold water until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, cover with plastic and let rest for 10 minutes.)

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The dough can be made ahead, punched down, enclosed in a large plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.

Nutrition

Per 6-inch crust: 135 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 585 mg sodium; 71 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (23% daily value), Selenium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch



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