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Mara's Pizza Dough

What you need: 

1 cup warm water (but not hot, more like the temperature of a bath)
1 tablespoon sugar or maple syrup
1 packet (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
cornmeal for dusting pans
extra olive oil for brushing crust

What you do: 

1) Pour warm water into small bowl, add sugar or sweetener, and stir to dissolve. Sprinkle yeast on top of the water and gently stir until yeast is completely dissolved. Let the yeast mixture stand in a warm spot for about 5 minutes, until you see a foamy layer form across the top of the mixture.
2) In a large bowl, combine flours and salt. Scoop shallow hole in the center of the flour to form a well and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. With a big wooden spoon, combine the ingredients until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
3) Turn dough out onto a floured board or countertop and knead for about 8 minutes.
4) Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a well-oiled bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rest and rise for about an hour. The dough should double in bulk.
5) When dough is finished rising, knead lightly for a couple of minutes more and cut into 2 pieces (for making 2 12-inch pizzas; if you want individual sized pizzas, cut the dough into 4 or pieces).
6) Shape each piece into a ball. With your fingers, flatten each ball into a circle of dough about 6 inches in diameter. Use a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour to roll the dough into a 12-inch pizza crust (6-inch for individual pizzas). Your pizzas can be any shape: round, rectangular, whatever.
7) Dust a pizza pan with cornmeal. Transfer pizza crust to pan. Brush the top of the pizza with additional olive oil and top with you favorite toppings. A pizza baked on this dough will need to bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a 450 degree F oven.

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