My Very Favorite Pizza Dough

Recipe by TexasToast R
READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 16
YIELD: 2 Pizzas
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    tablespoons yeast (or 2 pkgs)
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 2
    cups warm water (115-120 degrees)
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • 14
    cup oil (vegetable or olive oil)
  • 12
    cup oat bran (optional)
  • 4 12 - 6
    cups flour (my favorite combination is half bread flour and half whole wheat flour, but I have also used all-pur)
  • cornmeal, for sprinkling pizza pans
  • cooking spray
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix yeast and sugar and dissolve in warm water. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Add in salt, oil and oat bran, if desired.
  • Mix in 4 1/2 cups of flour. Then continue to add additional flour (up to 6 cups) and knead until dough is smooth and elastic (I use my Kitchenaid with the dough hook attached--dough should clean the side of the bowl).
  • Place into a greased bowl, turning once, cover and allow to rise until dough is doubled in bulk.
  • Prepare 2 large (14 inch or larger) pizza pans by coating them with cooking spray and sprinkling lightly with cornmeal.
  • Punch down and roll dough to fit 2 large pizza pans.
  • Top as desired.
  • For a crust that is crispy on the bottom, place pizza on the bottom rack in a cold oven, set the oven for 500° and bake for about 20 minutes or if the oven is already hot, bake at 500° for 10-15 minutes (watch closely).
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