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Pizza Dough


1 cup water (100 degrees) 
1 tablespoon dry yeast 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
2 tablespoons honey 
1/2 cup sliced basil leaves 
3 cups flour 
1 teaspoon kosher salt


This dough may be made by hand or with an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.

In a large bowl, place the water, yeast, olive oil and honey. 
Allow the yeast to bloom, about 20 minutes.

Add the flour, salt* and basil and mix to incorporate. 
Knead until smooth and silky. If the dough is sticky, add a little extra flour.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and roll around to coat with oil. 
Cover and let the dough sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about an hour.

Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll into rounds that resemble pizza crusts. 
It is okay if they are a little odd shaped. The rustic look is cool. If you want them perfectly round, use a 10" plate as an outline to cut around it.

Slide crusts on to a flat platter and top as you like.

* Beware too much salt will stop the yeast from rising, so always add it with the flour.

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