Pizza Base

There are three main factors when it comes to making a good pizza base: the amount of water, how well the dough has been kneaded, and how long it is allowed to prove. Get those right, and you will have a great pizza every time.

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Ingredients for 4

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Ingredients
3 1/2 cupsplain flour
2 teaspoonsdried yeast
1 1/2 teaspoonsugar
3/4 teaspoonssalt
10 fl. ozswater
1 1/4 tablespoonolive oil
Salt content: 0.5% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)

Method

Dissolve your dried yeast and sugar in a bit of your lukewarm water and stir well. Let the yeast sit for 20 minutes. Sift the flour, add the olive oil and the salt to it, and then the yeast and the rest of the water. Knead well - this takes 10 to 15 minutes! Then let the dough sit for 2 hours to prove. Knead again, roll out and it's ready to use.
Bake your pizza in the oven at maximum temperature. Yes, that's full whack. A pizza oven does 350 C, so if your oven does less (and it does), crank it up to the max.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe PhotoPut your flour in a bowl. In this picture, it isn't sifted yet. Sift the flour.
Recipe PhotoMix the yeast with the sugar and 50ml of your lukewarm water and stir, then let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes until it develops foam on top.
Recipe PhotoAdd the olive oil and salt to the flour.
Recipe PhotoThis is what the yeast will look like after 10 minutes. Now add the yeast to the flour, oil and salt and add the rest of the lukewarm water. Mix with your hands and knead until you have a smooth dough ... this will take a good 10 minutes hard work!
Recipe PhotoThis is what the kneaded dough looks like. If you have any left-over dough, you can easily freeze it in a plastic freezer bag. To thaw it, just leave the bag outside the freezer for a couple of hours and use as normal.
Recipe PhotoCover the dough with a clean, dry dish towel and let it prove for 2 hours.
Recipe PhotoThis is what the dough looks like when it has risen.
Recipe PhotoTake a piece of dough and pat into a round shape as seen here.
Recipe PhotoYou can either roll out the dough or pat it on to your pizza dish or baking tray. If you can fling it into the air and turn it, please give me lessons on how to do that!

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