Makes 2 Loaves:
2 cups warm water-110 degrees
3 tablespoons dry yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
6 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tomato, cored, seeded, chopped
1/3 cup sliced black olives
1/3 cup red onion, diced
shredded parmesan cheese
In a large mixing bowl, place warm water, yeast, olive oil, honey, garlic and chopped basil; allow to sit for ten minutes to activate the yeast. (Bloom)
Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture and mix to incorporate.
You may use a fancy mixer or do the whole thing by hand in a large bowl
If using a mixer, mix until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes.
after the dough is mixed, pour out into a lightly floured surface and knead for about five - ten minutes.
Place into a lightly oiled bowl and roll the dough around to coat with oil.
Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
let sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size, 30-60 minutes.
Punch dough down to remove the air.
Split the dough in half and form it into two equal rounds.
Place both on a greased pie pan.
Rub the top of each round with olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped tomatoes, black olives, red onions, and parmesan cheese.
Allow the dough to proof a second time. When the dough has risen to twice its original size, bake it in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and cooked evenly through.
*Do Not add salt directly to the yeast or it will KILL the yeast.
*It's best to mix the salt into the flour BEFORE adding it to the yeast water