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Margherita Pizza Recipe


Makes: About 8 servings
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

In medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, salt and garlic powder.

Step 2

In large bowl, combine yeast, sugar and 1/3 cup warm water; let sit until yeast begins to bubble, about 5-8 minutes. Add oil and flour mixture. Mix with electric mixer on low speed using dough hook while slowly adding remaining water; mix until dough forms ball, adding 1/4 -1/3 cup additional flour as needed.

Step 3

Rub inside of large bowl with oil. Form dough into ball, place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature about 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 425°F. Dust pizza pan with cornmeal.

Step 5

Press down on dough to deflate. Dust work surface generously with flour. Roll dough into 12 in. circle. Transfer dough to prepared pan. Poke dough with fork.

Step 6

Bake 15-17 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove pan to cooling grid. Spoon sauce over crust; bake 5 minutes. Top with cheese; bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove pan to cooling grid; let cool slightly. Top with basil leaves and red pepper flakes; serve warm.

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all-purpose flour

2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour (divided, plus additional for dusting)

salt

1 teaspoon salt

garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

active dry yeast

1 teaspoon active dry yeast (about 1/2 packet)

granulated sugar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

warm water

1/3 + 1/2 cup warm water (about 120°F, divided)

extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (plus additional for bowl)

cornmeal

1 tablespoon cornmeal

pizza sauce

1/2 cup pizza sauce (prepared)

mozzarella cheese

8 oz. mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)

fresh basil

2 tablespoons fresh basil (torn if large)

red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (crushed)

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