posted by Elinor 10-23-98 4:33 AM


3 1/2 cups flour;divided
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast; mix well.

Heat water and vegetable oil until warm, and add to yeast mixture along with the egg.

Blend with an electric mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat for 2 additional minutes.
,br> Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour while beating, until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Knead in 3/4 cup flour on a floured surface. Cover dough with a bowl, and let sit for 5 minutes.

Place dough on a greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Roll out to a 12-inch circle. Cover with greased plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Place in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400.

Uncover dough, and poke holes in it with a spoon handle at 1-inch intervals. Place any desired toppings on dough, and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for 22-27 minutes, until just golden. Remove from baking stone (or sheet), and cool on rack.

1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
Pepper strips, green or red
Thinly-sliced onion strips
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pepperoni
Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
Cooked pork sausage, crumbled
Ricotta cheese

1 cup golden raisins, reconstituted
1/2 cup chopped nutmeats (preferably almonds)
1/2 teaspoon minced orange zest
1 teaspoon honey

After making dough and up until adding toppings, instructions are the same. Add the above toppings and bake in a 400 oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

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