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91. Pizza (Cont.)

You need 1/2 cup warm water, 1 pkg. active dry yeast, 2 cups all-purpose flour(preferably unbleached), and 1 teaspoon salt. Before you begin making the pizza, preheat the oven, with a pizza stone or tiles in it, to its highest temperature (usually 500-550 degrees). Mix yeast with water and stir until dissolved. Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl and add yeast mixture to it. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Sprinkle some flour on your hands and on a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth, about 10 minutes. Oil a large bowl with a few drops of olive oil and transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat it with the oil. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 ‡ hours. Then flatten dough with your hands, cut it in half and form into two balls. Let it rise again until doubled, about another hour.

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