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Garlic basil pizza dough
July 15, 2008, 5:00 am
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I wanted to make something fun for Christian and me on the Fourth of July since he was helping me move some stuff out of my apartment. After seeing recipes for pizza dough all over the Internet, I decided to try my hand at making it on my own.

It was surprisingly easy, even without a pizza stone.
Garlic basil pizza dough
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white sugar
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1.5 cups warm water
1 0.25 ounce package active dry yeast
generous amount of basil
generous amount of garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients together. Add basil and garlic powder depending on your preference. I wish I had added a bit more. Any other herb or spice you want to add would be fine, provided it seems like it would go well in pizza dough.

You don’t have to let it rise, but after I mixed the dough, I stuck it in a bowl and put it in the fridge for a little while. This seemed to help the consistency.

You can also use 3 cups of all-purpose flour if you want to, omitting the whole wheat flour. The first dough I made, I tried to use half and half, but the dough got kind of dry, so I went 1/3-2/3 on the second dough. It turned out much thicker and fluffier, just like Christian likes it.

After mixing the ingredients together, knead the dough on a flat, floured surface. Spray metal pizza pan with cooking spray, then spread dough onto it.

You can top the dough immediately before putting it in the oven, but I stuck the crust in the oven for about 8 minutes to make it a little crispier. Once you top it, cook for 20-25 minutes.

Coming soon: Toppings extraordinaire!