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1 HR 15 MIN
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Serves : five 10-inch pizzas
© John Kernick

How to Make It

Step 1    

Lightly dust a large bowl with flour. In a small bowl, whisk the yeast with 1/4 cup of the water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Step 2    

In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the 1 3/4 pounds of flour with the yeast mixture and the remaining 1 3/4 cups of water and mix at low speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and mix until all of the flour is incorporated, about 4 minutes. Add the salt and mix at medium speed until a soft, smooth dough forms, about 5 minutes longer.

Step 3    

Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and form it into a large ball. Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl and cover the bowl securely with plastic wrap so that it’s airtight. Let the dough stand in a warm place until it has doubled in bulk, about 8 hours. Refrigerate the dough for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Step 4    

Let the pizza dough return to room temperature in the bowl, about 2 hours.

Step 5    

Lightly dust 2 large baking sheets with flour. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and punch it down. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 5 even pieces. Form the pieces into balls and transfer them to the prepared baking sheets. Using the tip of a paring knife, gently pop any air bubbles on the surface of each ball. Securely cover the dough balls by sliding each baking sheet into a clean 13-gallon plastic kitchen bag and tying them closed. Let the dough stand in a warm place until it has a little more than doubled in bulk, about 8 hours. Refrigerate the dough for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Step 6    

Set a pizza stone on a rack in the top third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500° for at least 45 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the baking sheets from the refrigerator and let the dough stand for 20 minutes.

Step 7    

Working on a floured surface and using your fingers, press and stretch a dough ball out to a 10-inch round, working from the center toward the edge; avoid pressing on the outermost edge. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pizza peel. Add http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/how-to-make-neapolitan-style-pizza" title="Neapolitan-Style Pizza Recipes">toppings to the dough as desired, making sure to leave a 1-inch border around the edge.

Step 8    

Turn the oven to broil for 5 minutes, then return it to 500°. Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone, opening and closing the oven door as quickly as possible. Bake until the bottom is lightly charred and the toppings are bubbling, about 6 minutes for a chewier crust and 8 minutes for a crispier one; avoid opening the oven door during baking. Repeat with the remaining pizza dough and toppings.

Notes

Doppio zero or "00" flour, a fine Italian flour, is available at specialty food shops and online at amazon.com. To accurately weigh small quantities, use a scale that counts in 0.01-gram increments. PERFECT PIZZA TOPPINGS: Perfect Pizza SauceSummer Squash-and-Arugula Pizza with Fontina CheeseMargherita Pizza with Tomato, Mozzarella and BasilSausage-and-Olive Pizza with Capers and Pecorino Sardo

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