from the book, “My Bread,” by Jim Lahey
yields one 14” pie
3 C bread flour
¼ t yeast
½ t salt
¾ t sugar
1 ½ C cool water
¼ C olive oil
½ t coarse sea salt
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, table salt & sugar. Add water & using
a wooden spoon or your hand, mix until you have a wet, sticky dough, about
30 seconds. Lightly coat a second medium bowl with olive oil & place the dough
in it. Cover bowl and let sit at room temperature, until the surface is dotted with
bubbles & the dough is more than doubled in size, 9 to 12 hours, no more.
Scrape dough out onto a floured surface & using floured hands, fold dough over
itself two or three times & nudge it into a loose, rather flat ball.
Brush surface with olive oil & sprinkle with coarse salt. Let dough rise 1 – 2 hours
Half an hour before the end of the second rise, preheat the oven to 500 degrees with rack in the center of the oven.
Generously dust a pizza peel with flour and place the ball of dough in the middle.
Spread fingers of one hand, like a claw, and drive your fingers into the dough, but do not puncture it: you want to simutaneously create dimples in the dough & spread it out across the peel. Continue working your hand across the dough & dimpling it until you have a bumpy disk about 12 inches in diameter. Drizzle the olive oil over the top & sprinkle with rosemary leaves.
With the peel resting on the counter, grasp the handle & give it a quick little tug, you want the pizza to just barely move but stay on the peel. (loosening it makes it easier to slide onto the baking stone or pan.) If dough sticks to the peel, gently lift it around the edges & add flour to the peel. Shake the pizza onto the baking stone. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown on the mounds but still pale in the dimples.
Slide the peel under the pizza and transfer to a rack to cool for at least a few minutes before slicing & serving.
Chewy, slightly salty, mildly rosemary flavored; I like it very much. Once, I spread it with pizza sauce & cheese & heated for a faux pizza. You can lightly toast & butter for a super quick breakfast. I like to cut into pieces & freeze, then take out what I need and lightly toast.