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Why Should I Make My Own Pizza?

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One of my first jobs was in a popular pizza chain restaurant. I worked there long enough to become a manager, and learned a thing or two about pizza in the years I worked there. I can't reveal how the place made their pizza, but I highly recommend that everybody try to make their own at least once. Why? Because it's FUN, and not as hard as you think.

Nobody thinks that topping the pizza is hard, of course. But most people are thrown by the prospect of having to bake some pizza dough. Don't worry: I'll give you an easy method. The main thing to remember is that you're creating an ideal environment for the yeast-- the tiny organisms that make bread rise-- to grow and expand your dough. That means a little sugar, warmth, and time. The yeast need a specific temperature to grow best, and they will eat the sugar you provide in the dough. But don't overdo it, or you'll end up with yeasty mush! Try this recipe:

1 tsp sugar

2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) active dry yeast

2 tbsp olive oil

2 1/2 cup flour

1 tsp salt (or more to taste)

1. Stir yeast and sugar into 1 cup of warm (not hot) water. Let stand until foamy.

2. Add flour, oil, and salt, and mix until smooth. Leave dough untouched to rest for 5 minutes.

3. Roll dough into desired shape and thickness on floured surface. Move to baking pan or peel, add toppings, and bake at 450°F until golden brown. Thicker dough will require a longer baking period.

Try it out tonight! You won't regret it!

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