Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough- Makes 1 pizza crust.

2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package quick active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 cup very warm water

In large bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast. Add 3 tablespoons oil and the warm water. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in enough of the remaining flour until dough is soft and leaves side of bowl. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead 5 to 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rest 30 minutes.

Roll out on a floured surface for pizza dough, or use for breadsticks or garlic breads. You can add any herbs or flavorings you’d like to make this basic recipe your own. Bake at 450° for 15-20 minutes or until dough is golden brown.

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