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- 4 1/2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 3/4 cups water, ice cold
- a few tablespoons chopped herbs (optional)
- Semolina flour or cornmeal for dusting
- Stir together the flour, salt, and instant yeast in the bowl of an electric mixer.
- By hand stir in the oil and the cold water until the flour is all absorbed.
- Add the herbs.
- Switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes, or as long as it takes to create a smooth, sticky dough.
- The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom of the bowl (to me it looks like a tornado).
- Add a touch of water or flour to reach the desired effect.
- The finished dough will be springy, elastic, and sticky, not just tacky.
- Transfer the dough to a floured countertop.
- Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and mold each into a ball.
- Rub each ball with olive oil and slip into plastic sandwich bags.
- Refrigerator overnight.
- When you are ready to make pizza (anytime in the next few days), remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before making the pizza.
- Keep them covered so they don't dry out.
- At the same time place a baking stone on a rack in the lower third of the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees (you can go hotter, but I like the results I get at 450). If you do not have a baking stone, you can use the back of a sheet pan, but do not preheat the pan.
- Generously dust a peel or the back of a sheet pan with semolina flour or cornmeal and get ready to shape your pizza dough.
- Uncover or unwrap the dough balls and dust them with flour.
- Working one at a time, gently press a dough round into a disk wide enough that you can bring it up onto your knuckles to thin out - you should be able to pull each round out to 12-inches or so.
- If the dough is being fussy and keeps springing back, let it rest for another 15-20 minutes. Place the pulled-out dough on the prepared sheet pan, and jerk the pan to make sure the dough will move around on the cornmeal ball-bearings (you don't want it to stick to the pan).
- Add your toppings (less is more!) and slide the topped pizza onto the baking stone. Bake until the crust is crisp and nicely colored. Remove from the oven. I always finish with more freshly grate parmesan and a small drizzle of good quality extra-virgin olive oil.
NotesBorrowed from 101Cookbooks :)
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