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I learn how to make my own pizza dough when we moved to Greeneville. We missed N.Y. pizza; they had nothing close. It took time and a lot of flops, but it became a Friday night traditions. The recipe makes 2 pizza doughs. You can also make Garbage Bread. Adding a variety of ingredients. Mozzarella, cooked sausage slices, pepperoni, thin pepper slices,olives, sauce, left over lunch meats, ham salami. etc.
Dough: place two pkgs. of yeast into a 16 oz. measuring cup of water (the temp. of a baby’s bath). Too hot will kill the yeast and to cold and the dough won’t rise. allow the yeast to dissolve thoroughly. While waiting place the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt, mix it in. Slowly stir in the water mixture into the flour. while blending the dough with your hands and a spatula. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. and kneed until the dough seems smooth and thoroughly blended. It’s important not to over kneed it. Take the dough cut in half and place it in a greased mixing bowl. Wipe a little on the top of the doughs to keep them moist. Place a cotton dish towel over the top of the doughs and place in a warm place to rise. I use the microwave to rise my dough. I place a measuring cup filled with hot water, in the back of the microwave and place the bowl of doughs in as well. close the door and leave it for maybe 3 hours. I uses it when it has risen about 2 1/2 times its size. (some people punch it down and let it rise again).
Pizza: grease the pans with crisco lard. Spread the doughs into the pans. Add your topping. Cook at about 410 degrees. until the bottom is crispy. Temp. varies oven to oven.
Garbage bread: Spread doughs out placing your decided ingrediants across the dough to the ends; leaving a lip on one end where you will seal it. Keeping in mind that your going to be rolling it. Place the rolls on a greased pan. Brush a little oil on the top of the doughs. Bake at about 410 degrees, until golden brown.
Note: Adding excessive ingredients to pizza will prevent the top part of the crust from cooking well. The same is true with the garbage bread. over loading. If you use sauce, use it sparingly.
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