No matter which pizza you're whipping up, it's essential to start with a great base: the perfect pizza dough.
DirectionsTotal time: About 1 hour, 45 minutes
In a small bowl, combine the warm water and yeast; let sit 5 minutes until yeast bubbles up. In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix together flour, salt, and yeast mixture on low speed. Slowly pour in 4 tsp. olive oil. Mix until the dough comes together, about 12 minutes. (Alternatively, stir together ingredients in a large bowl and knead with your hands.) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch dough down and shape into a ball. Use immediately, or rub 1 Tbsp. oil on the dough, place in a plastic bag, and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
From the September 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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