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Do you get to the mountains enough?  I don’t.

We have two mountain weekend trips planned this spring, and I’m looking forward to snowshoeing in the crisp Colorado air.  I’m also looking forward to sitting in a hot tub with a beer after said snowshoe trip.

You know what tastes amazing after both of those activities?  Fresh, homemade pizza.

I’m telling you, it’s the perfect post-mountain meal.  Whip up this perfect pizza dough, top it with your favorites and throw it in the oven.  You can even make the dough before you leave for the day and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to eat.

Simple, fast, satisfying, and excellent for a group.

If you don’t happen to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, have you asked yourself why not?

There are mountains, hot tubs, and homemade pizza here.  I’m just saying.

(If you want to see a photo of the finished product, see this post.)

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 package of dry active yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 cup warm water

Directions

Whisk all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and the warm water and bring it together with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Transfer dough to board and knead by hand for 4-5 minutes until dough becomes smooth.  Transfer dough to a lightly oiled clean bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. Let it rest for about 1 hour in a dry, warm spot.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees with the pizza stone placed in the middle rack.

Punch down dough with your fist (flour your hands first). Transfer dough to a well floured surface and knead lightly, adding flour as necessary just until it comes together in a ball.

Roll pizza dough on a floured surface into a 12 inch round.  Top pizza as desired.

Bake on pizza stone or cookie sheet until crust is golden and cheese melts.

Source: Pink Bites

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