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"BASIC PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE"

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In a measuring cup, combine water and sugar. Dissolve dry yeast in warm water mixture. Set aside for about 5 minutes to allow yeast to become active.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and salt. Make a depression in the flour mixture. Add oil and foamy yeast mixture. Mix dough ingredients until they stay together. 

(Alternatively, place dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. Add oil and yeast mixture and pulse again until dough begins to form a ball.) 

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. If the dough appears wet or sticky, add flour, a little at a time, until you achieve a smooth consistency.

Oil the inside of a clean dry bowl. Place the ball of dough in the bowl and roll it around so that it is covered with a layer of oil. Cover the dough with a towel and allow it to rise for about 1 1/2 hours in a warm, draft-less area.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees as you begin to roll out dough.

After the dough has risen, punch it down and place on a floured surface. Roll out or press out to desired shape and place on hot stone or baking sheet.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

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