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John’s Pizza Dough Recipe

Do you love John’s pizza? Many of us do – it has a distinctive taste and texture that most other do not and homemade pizzas just do not match. If you would like to make pizza that is very similar at home, this is the crust recipe for you. This dough recipe is about as close as you will get to real John’s pizza dough at home.

Remember that you will need fast rising yeast for this recipe, rather than ordinary active dry yeast. Otherwise, you will not get the kind of results you would expect, and the dough will not end up being the right consistency. The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen if you need to do so. However, make sure you bring it up to room temperature before baking.

So long as you use quick-rising yeast, the result will be really impressive, and if you are already a John’s pizza fan you will be delighted to discover you can now make your own pizza which will taste just like one of those, but because you are making it yourself you will also be able to choose the shape and size for your pizzas, and of course pick your favorite toppings and sauce. Making pizza yourself is always a satisfying experience.

So what kind of toppings are you going to add? Consider a classic pizza with tomato sauce, either readymade or homemade, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and perhaps dried oregano and black olive slices. If you want to add anchovies, shrimp, chicken, BBQ beef, red or green pepper slices, mushrooms, onions, jalapeños, or another favorite ingredient, go right ahead. This is your pizza recipe so make it your own.

Delicious Pizza Dough Recipe
Summary: Anyone who likes John’s pizza will be happy they found this recipe because the flavor and texture of the finished crust are exactly like John’s pizza.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 6
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  • 2 ½ to 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons or one envelope fast rising yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  1. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, and salt, blending well. Add oil and water gradually, until well moistened, and then stir until a smooth batter is created. Add additional flour by hand until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  2. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead in more flour until a smooth, elastic dough is created. Cover loosely with plastic and allow to rest about fifteen minutes in a warm place.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  4. Press dough into two twelve inch pizza pans and prick with a fork. Allow to rest for ten to fifteen minutes in a warm place.
  5. Brush crusts with oil and prebake for five minutes.
  6. Top as you wish, then bake again until crust is crisp and cheese is melted.
(Makes 2 twelve inch pizzas)

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Try looking at this picture and stopping your mouth from watering. It is nearly impossible! There is something about pizza that appeals to everyone regardless of personal tastes and palates. This classic Italian dish is always good whether you want to make deep-dish, pan pizza, something thin and crispy, or even a pizza crust just like you would expect from John’s pizza. Top the pizza with any sauce and toppings you want and let it bake until the crust is crispy and golden brown, the toppings are hot, and the cheese is perfectly melted.


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