| From American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed Press, 2003)|
This dough needs to be very extensible and supple because it is pressed out quite thin, almost as thin
Makes six 6-1/2 ounce dough balls
With a large metal spoon, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, yeast 1-1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and the water in a 4-quart bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer until combined. If mixing with an electric mixer, fit it with the dough hook and mix on low speed for about 4 minutes, or until the dough forms a coarse ball and clears the sides and the bottom of the bowl. Add more flour or water by the tablespoonful as needed. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, then mix again on medium-low speed for an additional 2 to 4 minutes, or until the dough is smooth, supple and tacky but not sticky. If mixing by hand, repeatedly dip one of your hands or the spoon into room-temperature water and use it much like a dough hook, working the dough vigorously as you rotate the bowl with your other hand. Continue mixing for about 4 minutes, or until the dough forms a coarse ball adding more flour or water by the tablespoonful as needed. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured counter. Dust the top with flour to absorb the surface moisture, then knead the bough by hand for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the dough is smooth, supple and tacky but not sticky.
Immediately divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Gently round each piece into a ball and brush or rub each ball with olive oil. Place each ball inside its own zippered freezer bag. Using the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over the ball in each bag and seal the bags closed. Let the balls sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then refrigerate the balls for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
Remove the dough balls from the refrigerator 2 hours before you plan to roll them out to take off the chill and to relax the gluten. At this point, you can hold any balls you don?t want to use right away in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.