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       Title: Pizza Dough - Roman Focaccia
  Categories: Pizza
    Servings:  6
  
       2 pk Fast-rising dry yeast
       2 c  Tepid (90F) water
       2 tb Sugar
       4 tb Olive oil
     1/2 c  Oil
       1 ts Salt
   5 1/2 c  Unbleached white flour
       3    Cloves garlic, crushed
     1/4 c  Olive oil for topping (if
            -making focaccia only)
       1 tb Whole rosemary (ditto)
       1 tb Kosher salt (ditto)
  
   From:   Ted Taylor
   
   The following recipe is for “focaccia Romana,” or Roman focaccia, from Jeff
   Smith’s “The Frigal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines.”  He recommends
   it as the best dough for a pizza crust he’s run across, and I must say it
   is both
   
   very easy and VERY good to eat.  I halved the following recipe (but used
   the full amount of garlic, plus 2 c of meaty red sauce, about 4 oz. of
   pepperoni, 8-9 fresh mushrooms and 8 ounces of whole-milk mozzarella) and
   the results were great. Lacking quick-rise yeast, I used regular yeast and
   just ate a little later -- no problem there. And of course, I made the
   dough into a pizza instead of a plain focaccia (which is like a thick pizza
   (also round, but thicker) but without toppings.
   
   Dissolve the yeast in the tepid water.  Add the sugar, olive oil, oil, and
   salt.  Mix in 3 c of the flour and whip until the dough begins to leave the
   sides of the mixing bowl, about ten minutes [!!]. I [Smith] use my
   KitchenAid mixer for the whole process.
   
   Mix in the remaining flour by hand or with a dough hook and knead the dough
   until it is smooth.  Allow the dough to rise twice, right in the bowl, and
   punch down after each rising.
   
   Oil 2 baking sheets, each 13 inches by 18 inches, and divide the dough
   between the 2 pans.  Using your fingers, press the dough out to the edges
   of each pan. Allow to rise for about 30 minutes and brush with the crushed
   garlic mixed with the oil for topping. Sprinkle the rosemary and kosher
   salt on top.
   
   Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  
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