Prep 2 hrs
Cook 10 mins
Craig's world famous Chicago pizza dough. makes 8-10 medium thin crust pizzas can add a handful of basil, chiffonade with 1 C Parmesan cheese instead of garlic for added fragrance and flavor. Garlic in the dough does not add a lot of flavor but adds incredible aroma as it's rising and cooking.
- 7 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 teaspoons yeast
- 12 ounces beer (warm or warm water)
- 8 -10 garlic cloves, very finely minced (optional)
- cornmeal, for rolling out (or polenta)
- Mix yeast with warm water and salt and stir.
- Combine wet ingredients (water with yeast, oil, beer/water) with garlic or basil and Parmesan cheese if using.
- Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well until dough pulls together.
- Knead until dough is silky smooth, adding flour until it does not stick to your hands. You want the dough to be moist and pliable but not too sticky.
- Let dough rise until nearly doubled in size and punch down. Ideally do this several times to increase the pliability of the dough and flavor of the crust.
- When you are ready to make pizzas, preheat the oven to 500 (550 ideally if possible) with baking stone on bottom rack (any floor tile will do well).
- Punch down the dough and pull off a piece of dough about the size of your fist. Sprinkle the area you will roll out the dough with cornmeal and a small amount of flour and roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. If you have the skills for it--toss the dough in the air.
- Prick holes in the pizza with a fork all over.
- Add toppings and slide into oven, making sure pizza peel (back of a cookie sheet will work) is very well covered in cornmeal so the pizza will easily slide off onto the baking stone.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes until cheese is bubbling and edges are crispy.