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Thick Sicilian Pizza Crust

Serves : 12
Prep. Time : 2:15

(2) .25 oz. pkts. active dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour - divided
1/2 cup 110 degree water
1 tsp. salt
1 cup cool water
sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice

-Combine yeast, 1/2 cup flour, and warm water in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap; allow to rise for 15 minutes. Stir to deflate.
-In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour, salt, and cool water.
-Combine the two mixtures in a bowl with the remaining flour.
-Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 15 minutes.
-Place dough in a bowl lightly dusted with flour; cover with plastic wrap; allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
-Punch down dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface.
-Place dough in a lightly oiled 17 1/2" X 11 1/2" X 3/4" pan and push to stretch out evenly, leaving a lip against sides of pan. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
-Spread sauce over crust and top with cheese and desired toppings.
-Bake in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

NOTES : After allowing the dough to rise, you may place it in a plastic zipper bag and refrigerate. When ready to use, proceed with instructions.

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