Chef: Alon Shaya
Serves: 4 people
3 ½ cups Bread Flour
4 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 ½ cups luke warm water (95-100 degrees)
3 tsp sugar
3 tsp active dry yeast
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Mozzarella and Fontina cheeses
Your Favorite Pizza toppings
Pre-heat your kitchen oven to 500F with a pizza stone inside on the top shelf.
Let the oven stay at this temperature for a minimum of 1 hour.
Combine flour and salt in a small bowl. Combine lukewarm water and sugar in the bowl of a kitchen aid style mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment.
Sprinkle yeast over the water and let stand until yeast begins to foam. This should take approximately 10 minutes.
Add olive oil to the yeast/water mixture; mix until blended. Add flour mixture and mix until soft, very sticky dough forms.
Continue to add flour a tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth and does not stick to the side of the mixing bowl.
Lightly coat the inside of a separate bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the oiled bowl; brush dough lightly with olive oil.
Cover bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm area of the kitchen until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Turn dough out onto a work surface with no flour. Divide dough into 5 oz pieces, about the size of a tennis ball.
Roll each piece into ball. Place dough balls on a baking sheet, cover with plastic film wrap and let rest in a warm area for 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin until it is about 8-10 inches in diameter.
Top the pizza lightly with mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Sprinkle on some toasted fennel seeds and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top.
Carefully slide onto a pizza paddle, then slide off of the pizza paddle onto the hot stone.
Cook the pizza for about 8-10 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Remove and eat while hot.
You can do any variety of pizza you like this way.