Dolce Mangia
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Quick Pizza Dough
1 1/2 c warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 T sugar
2 1/4 t active dry yeast (one 1/4 oz packet)
3 1/2 c flour
1/2 c bread flour
1 T kosher salt
3 T extra virgin olive oil
Combine water, sugar and yeast. Proof till foamy (about 5 mintues). Mix the flours and salt in a mixer with dough hook. Add oil to the yeast mixture. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and knead on low speed for 10 minutes. Dough will be elastic and slightly sticky.
Place dough in a lightly coated oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place till doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough and divide into 3 pieces. Shape into balls and lightly brush the dough with oil and completely wrap in plastic wrap and let rise another 45 minutes. Form into pizza shapes.

Time: 2 hours   Makes: 3 (10-14") rounds

Making your own pizza dough is very cost effective and it tastes a lot better than store bought dough. You can emulate a brick oven by buying unglazed quarry tiles at your local home improvement store. In my opinion these tiles work better than a pizza stone and unglazed quarry tiles are cheaper. Place them on the rack in your oven and preheat your oven to 550 degrees. It will take 20 minutes or so for the tiles to reach the oven temperature.
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