Techniques How-To Making Homemade Pizza Published Oct 20, 2008 8:00 AM Techniques SHARE 1. In a bowl, stir together one 1/4-oz. package active dry yeast, 1 tsp. honey, and 1/4 cup water that’s been heated to 115˚. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Put 3 cups flour into a bowl; form a well in center. Pour in yeast mixture, 3/4 cup warm beer, 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, and 1 tsp. kosher salt. Stir with a wooden spoon to form a coarse mass. André Baranowski 2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. André Baranowski 3. Knead dough until smooth, about 10 minutes. André Baranowski 4. Form dough into a ball. André Baranowski 5. Lightly flour dough; transfer to a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, 1 1/2-2 hours. André Baranowski 6. Quarter dough. André Baranowski 7. Cupping your hand and using a circular rolling motion, roll one of the dough quarters to form a smooth ball; repeat with remaining dough. André Baranowski 8. Lightly flour dough balls; transfer to a floured 9″ x 13″ baking pan; cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm spot until doubled in size, 1 1/2-2 hours. Meanwhile, place a baking stone on bottom rack of oven, about 13″ from heating element; heat broiler and stone for at least 1 hour. André Baranowski 9. Put 1 piece dough on floured wooden pizza peel or thin wooden cutting board; flatten with your fingertips. André Baranowski 10. Pick up dough and, using your knuckles and backs of your hands, gently and evenly stretch out dough, working from center outward and rotating as you go in order to make a circle of dough. André Baranowski 11. Gently feed edges of dough between your thumbs and forefingers; let weight of dough stretch edges until circle of dough has reached a diameter of 12″. André Baranowski Sprinkle pizza peel with more flour; transfer dough to front edge of peel. Brush edges of dough with extra-virgin olive oil; sprinkle dough with cheese, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add toppings. Transfer pizza to baking stone by resting end of peel on far edge of stone, holding peel at an angle, and gently pulling it back so that lip of dough catches stone and dough slides onto it. Cook pizza, rotating every 2 minutes with a long metal spatula, until edges are golden, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a board; slice and serve. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes four 12″ pizzas. André Baranowski How-To Food MORE TO READ RELATED The Saxelby Cheesecake Plums, vanilla bean, and fresh chèvre sparkle in Caroline Schiff’s sweet tribute to the legend of American-made cheese. READ NOW RELATED Kosher Cachopa Michael Twitty’s take on Cape Verde’s iconic, hearty stew honors the island nation’s Jewish roots. RELATED Quick-Pickled Beets This stress-free method will have you snacking on nature's candy without the post-canning cleanup.