Basic Pizza Dough

  • 1 teaspoon light honey
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (98-100 degrees F)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups whole wheat or unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, combine honey, the warm water, and yeast, and stir until yeast dissolves. Let mixture stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of the flour and mix well. Let batter rise for 20 minutes, then stir down and add remaining flour, oil, and salt.

Turn dough onto a lightly flour board. Knead dough flouring lightly as needed to prevent stickiness. Knead until the dough does not stick to your hands, but will stick when pinched. It will be smooth and elastic. (You can do this in heavy duty mixer also, finishing with a brief hand kneading.)

Lightly oil a large bowl and place dough into it. Cover with a lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Punch down, then divide into 2, 3 or 4 balls. Roll into rounds. If the dough is difficult to handle, let it rest before rolling.

Dough is now ready for pizza. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Top pizza and bake for 10-15 minutes. Crust may also be prebaked 10 minutes before topping.

  • Yields: 2-4 crusts, depending on size
  • Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours
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