Watch the dough carefully and adjust the amount of water or flour if necessary. Top with your favorite toppings. Directions for Thin Crust doughs: Preheat oven to 500F for at least 30 minutes [I turn on the oven at the same time that I start the bread machine ~-OLS] if using a pan and at least 1 hour if using a stone. Grease the pizza pan with olive oil or spray it with a nonstick vegetable spray. A light dusting of cornmeal to further prevent sticking is optional - it usually adds a little crunch and flavor to the dough. If using a peel and stone, dust the peel to prevent the dough from sticking so that you may easily slide it off the peel and onto the stone. While the dough is rising, prepare your topping and grate your cheese; set aside. After the dough has risen 1 time, roll it out on a lightly floured or cornmeal-covered (I prefer cornmeal) countertop or handstretch the dough into a circle. Pick up the dough and turn it over and roll or stretch from the center outwards until a circle is formed. It may never be a perfect circle but that adds to the uniqueness of your homemade pizza. Dust the dough only as needed to prevent sticking with either flour or cornmeal. The thinner you roll or stretch the dough, the thinner the crust. A thinly rolled dough which does not rise a second time (after rolling) will give you the thinnest, crispiest crust. Lay the dough on your prepared pizza pan or peel. Pull the dough up around the edges of the pan so that a slight lip is formed, and crimp the edges. For a thin, crispy crust, place your toppings on the pizza and bake immediately. For a thicker, chewier crust, allow the dough to rise for 15 to 30 minutes. The longer the rise, the thicker the dough. Place your toppings on after this second rising and then bake. The toppings should be placed in such a way that the rim is left unadorned (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch border is good). This prevents spillage when baking and gives a nice piece of crust to hold when eating. Place the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven or directly on the pizza stone and bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. If the oven was properly preheated, it should only take 5 to 10 minutes to bake a thin crust pizza. PRECOOKED SHELLS - Make extra pizza dough, roll it out and place it on the pan, screen or peel. Brush it with olive oil (or melted garlic butter) and pierce the dough every 1/2 inch or so with a fork (to prevent bubbles) [Note: The poking part is no joke, and not an option, unless you *want* to pull a big puffy balloon out of the oven. Its not as vital when youre topping the dough and putting it directly in the oven. --OLS] Bake the shell in a preheated 500F oven for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool, stack with waxed paper in between [foil works fine for me], wrap it well in plastic and freeze for up to 1 month. To use, remove dough from freezer (it is not necessary to thaw but you may), brush dough with oil to prevent sogginess [I havent noticed any trouble without the oil], top as desired and bake in a preheated 450F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. If you want a very thin crust and end up with excess dough, simply form it into bread sticks, brush with a little water and sprinkle some kosher salt, poppy seeds or sesame seeds on top. Bake them right beside your pizza. [Other options that Ive tried with success: salt and vinegar, garlic powder, and/or a little cayenne --OLS] Nutritional analysis per 1/8 recipe: 126 calories, .6 g fat, 4.6 g protein, 25.5 g carbohydrate, 0 mg cholesterol, 72.9 mg sodium. Opal Luna Saturnyne #22 @10000 From _The Best Pizza is Made at home_ by Donna Rathmell German Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V4 #180 by BobbieB1@aol.com on Jul 12, 1997
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|Serving Size: 1 Crust (1547g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 158 (5%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 17.5g||23 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.5g||8 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.4g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 274.1mg||9 %|
|Potassium 540.3mg||14 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 624.3g||184 %|
|Dietary Fiber 34g||136 %|
|Sugars, other 590.3g|
|Protein 129.7g||185 %|
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Calories per serving: 3196
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