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1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/4 c warm water
3 c all purpose flour (or you can use 2 c all purpose and 1 c semolina flour)
1 tsp salt
1 tbls olive oil
Put yeast, sugar and water into a large bowl. Stir and let stand for about 5 minutes. If it bubbles up, that’s a good sign. That means the yeast are eating the sugar and burping up air bubbles that will make your dough nice and fluffy!
Add the flour, salt and olive oil and then use your hands to start mixing. Don’t worry about mixing everything perfectly. Put the dough onto a floured surface (like a table or a counter) and knead it for about 10 minutes. Next, shape the dough into a ball and put into a clean, lightly greased (covered with a little bit of olive oil) bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm, draft free (no wind or breezes) place for at least an hour.
Now you can use your dough to make pizza! In Italy a pizza with just tomato and sauce is called Pizza Margherita, in honor of the first pizza served to Queen Margherita. The pizza was made with colors of the Italian flag red (tomato), white (cheese) and green (basil).
Buon apetito! (good appetite)
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