Bread Machine Crust

Be sure to read your bread machine instruction manual before making pizza dough. Feel free to experiment with flavors, but never put in more ingredients in than your machine can hold.

Makes crust for four 12-inch pizzas

INGREDIENTS

  • 1⅔ cups warm water, about 100°
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 4½ cups bread flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  1. Place ingredients in bread machine pan in the order listed. Turn machine on pizza dough cycle. Dough should be ready in slightly more than an hour, depending on your machine.

  2. Remove dough from machine and place on a lightly floured work surface.

  3. Divide dough in half, placing half in a resealable plastic bag if you won't be using all the dough at once. Refrigerate plastic bag.

  4. Divide remaining dough in half, pat into two thick disks, and let rest for a few minutes.

  5. Shape dough into free-form crusts or press into pizza pans as desired.

Great Gadgets

Bread machines with pizza dough cycles can be the pizza lover's best friend. The machines mix and knead crust ingredients and provide a temperature-controlled environment for rising. Since pizzas aren't actually baked in bread machines, you'll have to handle the dough a bit, but the convenience is still significant.

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