Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BASIC PIZZA DOUGH - THE DARING BAKERS

As strange as it might appear, until now, there has been no "Daring Baker's" challenge focused on learning how to make authentic “Pizza Dough”. So, this month we all had to play pizzaiolos and toss our dough like real Italians. I can assure you that it was a lot of fun...

Originally, I was supposed to host this challenge (my 13th participation so far) together with Sher at "What Did You Eat?" (USA) and Glenna at "A Fridge Full Of Food" (USA), but, unfortunately, life’s sad events made me stride that horse alone.

As you might all know by now, the lovely Sherry passed away tragically on the 20th of July 2008 (see my tribute) after having been struck by a massive heart-attack at the early age of sixty. Glenna, on her side, decided to quit "The Daring Baker’s" and to stop her baking adventure for personal reasons. So that’s why I am the only one who is endorsing the role of host for this challenge.

Prior to her sudden death (9 days before), Sher had shared with me her recipe idea for the October challenge. When she died, it was clear for me that I would respect her choice and that I would still submit the recipe that she had embraced. This is my last ode to a very appreciated blogger, DB member, skilled baker and cook whom I miss a lot!

This easy to follow recipe for “Pizza Dough" was taken from Peter Reinhart's highly-praised cookbook “The Bread Baker's Apprentice” ("Pizza Napoletana" recipe). It yields a beautifully tasty, thin, crispy, delicate yet chewy pizza crust that'll make you reach an ectastic state of bliss and satisfaction after every bite taken into a slice of pizza made with that exquisite dough. A unique and pleasureable gastronomic experience for any gourmet in search of strong culinary sensations...

Thanks to that wonderful recipe, I have made the best pizzas ever. Even a pizzaiolo would be jealous of the results I came up with. My sweet, delightfully soothing and refined "Fig, Walnut & Cream Cheese Pizza" as well as my savory, homy and mouthwateringly scrumptious "Flamküche Pizza" (see recipes below) came out perfect, had a fantastic flavor and looked absolutely gorgeous!


If you haven't tested Peter Reinhart's recipe yet, then I warmly recommend you to get into a baking frenzy as you'll not regret putting efforts into making that awesome "Pizza Dough"!!!

~ BASIC PIZZA DOUGH ~
Original recipe taken from “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” by Peter Reinhart.

Makes 6 pizza crusts (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter).

Ingredients:
4 1/2 Cups (20 1/4 ounces/607.5 g) Unbleached high-gluten (%14) bread flour or all purpose flour, chilled
1 3/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Instant yeast
1/4 Cup (2 ounces/60g) Olive oil or vegetable oil (both optional, but it’s better with)
1 3/4 Cups (14 ounces/420g or 420ml) Water, ice cold (40° F/4.5° C)
1 Tb sugar - FOR GF use agave syrup
Semolina/durum flour or cornmeal for dusting

DAY ONE

Method:
1. Mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast in a big bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer).
2. Add the oil, sugar and cold water and mix well (with the help of a large wooden spoon or with the paddle attachment, on low speed) in order to form a sticky ball of dough. On a clean surface, knead for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are homogeneously distributed. If it is too wet, add a little flour (not too much, though) and if it is too dry add 1 or 2 teaspoons extra water.

NOTE: If you are using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for the same amount of time.The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too wet, sprinkle in a little more flour, so that it clears the sides. If, on the contrary, it clears the bottom of the bowl, dribble in a teaspoon or two of cold water.
The finished dough should be springy, elastic, and sticky, not just tacky, and register 50°-55° F/10°-13° C.
3. Flour a work surface or counter. Line a jelly pan with baking paper/parchment. Lightly oil the paper.
4. With the help of a metal or plastic dough scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces (or larger if you want to make larger pizzas).
NOTE: To avoid the dough from sticking to the scraper, dip the scraper into water between cuts.
5. Sprinkle some flour over the dough. Make sure your hands are dry and then flour them. Gently round each piece into a ball.
NOTE: If the dough sticks to your hands, then dip your hands into the flour again.
6. Transfer the dough balls to the lined jelly pan and mist them generously with spray oil. Slip the pan into plastic bag or enclose in plastic food wrap.
7. Put the pan into the refrigerator and let the dough rest overnight or for up to thee days.
NOTE: You can store the dough balls in a zippered freezer bag if you want to save some of the dough for any future baking. In that case, pour some oil (a few tablespooons only) in a medium bowl and dip each dough ball into the oil, so that it is completely covered in oil. Then put each ball into a separate bag. Store the bags in the freezer for no longer than 3 months. The day before you plan to make pizza, remember to transfer the dough balls from the freezer to the refrigerator.

DAY TWO

8. On the day you plan to eat pizza, exactly 2 hours before you make it, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator. Dust the counter with flour and spray lightly with oil. Place the dough balls on a floured surface and sprinkle them with flour. Dust your hands with flour and delicately press the dough into disks about 1/2 inch/1.3 cm thick and 5 inches/12.7 cm in diameter. Sprinkle with flour and mist with oil. Loosely cover the dough rounds with plastic wrap and then allow to rest for 2 hours.
9. At least 45 minutes before making the pizza, place a baking stone on the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven as hot as possible (500° F/260° C).
NOTE: If you do not have a baking stone, then use the back of a jelly pan. Do not preheat the pan.
10. Generously sprinkle the back of a jelly pan with semolina/durum flour or cornmeal. Flour your hands (palms, backs and knuckles). Take 1 piece of dough by lifting it with a pastry scraper. Lay the dough across your fists in a very delicate way and carefully stretch it by bouncing it in a circular motion on your hands, and by giving it a little stretch with each bounce. Once the dough has expanded outward, move to a full toss.

NOTE: Make only one pizza at a time.
During the tossing process, if the dough tends to stick to your hands
, lay it down on the floured counter and reflour your hands, then continue the tossing and shaping.
In case you would
be having trouble tossing the dough or if the dough never wants to expand and always springs back, let it rest for approximately 5-20 minutes in order for the gluten to relax fully,then try again.
You can also resort to using a rolling pin, although it isn’t as effective as the toss method.

11. When the dough has the shape you want (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter - for a 6 ounces/180g piece of dough), place it on the back of the jelly pan, making sure there is enough semolina/durum flour or cornmeal to allow it to slide and not stick to the pan.
12. Lightly top it with sweet or savory toppings of your choice.
NOTE: Remember that the best pizzas are topped not too generously. No more than 3 or 4 toppings (including sauce and cheese) are sufficient.
13. Slide the garnished pizza onto the stone in the oven or bake directly on the jelly pan. Close the door and bake for abour 5-8 minutes.
NOTE: After 2 minutes baking, take a peek. For an even baking, rotate 180°.
If the top gets done before the bottom, you will need to move the s
tone or jelly pane to a lower shelf before the next round. On the contrary, if the bottom crisps before the cheese caramelizes, then you will need to raise the stone or jelly.
14. Take the pizza out of the oven and transfer it to a cutting board or your plate. In order to allow the cheese to set a little, wait 3-5 minutes before slicing or serving.

Remarks:
I made two different pizzas.
Sweet "Fig, Walnut & Cream Cheese Pizza" (ingredients for one pizza):
4 Tbs Cream cheese
4 Tsps Lemon juice

2 Tbs Sugar
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract
1/2 Tsp Orange rind
1 Pinch Ground cinnamon

1 Pinch Ground cloves
A handful walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 1/2 Figs, thinly sliced

2 Tsps Runny honey, to drizzle over the pizza

Mix all first 7 ingredients together and spread oven the shaped pizza dough.
Arrange the sliced figs over the cream cheese
mixture.
Sprinkle with the walnuts and drizzle with the honey.
Bake as recommended above.

Savory "Flammküche Pizza" (ingredients for one pizza):
3 Tbs Sour cream
1/2 Big onion, cut very thinly in rounds
2 Tbs Speck, cut in tiny cubes
90g Grated Appenzeller cheese
1 Tsp Caraway seeds
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Spread the sour cream over the shaped pizza dough.

Arrange the onions rounds and speck.
Sprinkle with the Appenzeller cheese and caraway seeds.
Add pepper.
Bake
as recommended above.

Serving suggestions:
Eat at any time of the day and with the accompaniment of your choice. And don't forget to be creative!

189 comments:

  1. Figs on pizza. I am SO there. I love figs caramelized in the oven like that. I bet it would be great with goat cheese, too, as the tang would play off the sweetness of the fruit.

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  2. Wonderful, I just love figs and great job hosting this month, very hard on you. Yours Audax

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  3. I love the one with the figs!

    Thank you for choosing such a great recipe! I had a lot of fun making it and think this will become a regular pizza dough at my home.

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  4. Rosa, dear, thank you so much for the wonderful challenge! The crust is fantastic!

    I love both your pizzas. But the one with fresh figs is absolutely amazing!

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  5. They look very delicious,both de flamekuch and the fig one...
    Its fun to have a sakty pizza fot the main course and a sweet one for dessert:0
    Really loved your challenge Rossa,thanks a lot!!

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  6. Your pizzas sound delicious!

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  7. Thanks for choosing such a great challenge, Rosa! Your pizzas look heavenly, especially the fig one!!

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  8. Rosa, this was a great challenge and I'm so glad I participated! Thanks.

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  9. I am so about figs! Yummmmm! This was a great challenge. I gained brownie points with the boy! Woohoo! :) Thanks!

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  10. Your pizza's look delicious!!

    This was my first DB challenge. Thank you for picking such a fantastic challenge for us! I really enjoyed making my pizzas and will definitely be making this recipe again sometime soon.

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  11. Rosa ,
    Thank you for a great challenge. It was so fun even the Man got involved and enjoyed it. Love the figs on your pizza. Love both versions!

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  12. Nice job! Especially with the fig pizza!

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  13. Figs, what a surprise. I love your pizza. Great challenge.

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  14. Thanks for the great challenge Rosa...& you look like a Doemstic Goddess tossing the pizza. Beautiful picture & great choice for toppings too. Your post is dreamy & wonderful. Cheers Deeba

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  15. The fig pizza sounds divine! This was a great challenge! I've made tons of homemade pizza but never forced myself to try really tossing it in the air. Thanks for pushing me into doing something new!

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  16. This was such a fun challenge Rosa! thanks so much! I still have 4 left to make!!

    Ally

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  17. Your pizzas look fantastic. Thanks for the challenge I loved it!

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  18. Thanks for this challenge--great one. I also did fig but for a savory pizza. great job hosting solo too.

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  19. Hello there Rosa, it's so nice to see your photo showing off your pizza dough.

    Oh, I love "Flammküche" (my ingredients, slightly different from your) very very much. In fact this is the pizza that I always make for our family movie night.
    Both of your pizza look so delicious. Fig and honey for a pizza sounds really good to me.
    I love this challenge, it was really fun...

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  20. great challenge. very useful and fun. we also fig for one of our pizzas.

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  21. Thanks for a great challenge, Rosa! I've made pizza dough many time before, but I love trying new recipes. And I love the way this one turned out!

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  22. Thanks for choosing such a fun challenge. It was something the whole family had fun with! You were so kind to acknowledge everyone's DB posts!

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  23. Thanks for choosing this fun theme, I really got into it at the end! :)

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  24. Thanks for a wonderful challenge! Savory again, too. Your pizza looks spectacular! Love the figs!

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  25. figs on pizza are the best thing ever!
    also: not only do you come up with amazing creations, you're also a total knockout? color me impressed! coucou, Rosa. :)

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  26. Thanks for picking such a fun challenge! I love the photo of you tossing your pizza. It's so artistic!

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  27. beautiful pizzas, love your idea with figs. thank you for such a great savory challenge! i always browse through reinhart's book but have never made anything yet. this is going to be my go-to pizza dough recipe from now on, i loved it!

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  28. there is a mixing feeling when I read this post... I see love and sadness... Rosa, your fig pizza is just wonderful!

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  29. Such a great recipe. I'm glad that you went with it!
    Kudos for getting the tossing shot! Very nice.
    ...And your pizzas look fantastic too!

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  30. I love your variations! Thanks for hosting this month. :)

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  31. I will take a slice of fig pizza and a glass of that wine, please.
    Great choice, sweetie! Thanks for hosting.

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  32. Thank you for a delightful challenge. Your pizzas look and sound awesome. I think figs are always so elegant and intellectual, but they are so hard to find.

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  33. Thanks Rosa for a fun challenge. I had some flammenküchen in Switzerland (Celerina to be precise): a sweet memory that makes me want to visit again.

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  34. Your pizzas look yummylicious.:) Truly.
    Thanks for picking this challenge and hosting it.
    I'm always happy to see a savoury challenge (though my family loves the sweet ones better).
    I've never tossed dough (and probably will not again, as I was terrible at it) but I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge.

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  35. First of all, I think we are wearing the same shirt in our "tossing" pictures. :)

    Secondly, thank you for hosting this month's challenge. It was a lot of fun and the recipe was simply great. My husband and I had so much fun with it.

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  36. the flammkueche one is my favourite. I'll try this promising recipe.

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  37. I love your idea for the fig, walnut and cream cheese pizza! I'm sure it tasted amazing! Thank you for keeping Sher's choice for this month's challenge. The recipe yielded a beautiful pizza dough which came out fantastic!

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  38. I love your fig and walnut pizza!! Thanks for sharing. :)
    When you have time, also, check on my blog -there's something for you :)

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  39. I'm so sad I had to miss this challenge! :( Work has been crazy! Love the photo of you tossing the dough! Both your pizzas look delicious...the fig pizza is sublime!!!

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  40. I am so sad about Sher...but glad that you chose this recipe to honor her.

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  41. Gosh...this is so heavenly just by looking imagine having the chance to eat it!!1 :D

    Hiya Rosa, can I have your email please?

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  42. Thanks Rosa. It was great challenge and I will be using this recipe over and over again!

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  43. Thank you Rosa for setting the challenge. I enjoyed, this, my first one. Your pizzas look great. Love the fig one.
    xxx

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  44. What a wonderful challenge! Thanks for hosting! I had a blast this month!

    Your pizzas look beautiful (as do you!). Great job!

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  45. Très appétissant dès ce matin et j'aime bien te voir en photo commeça!

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  46. Je ne suis pas sûre que mon 1er commentaire soit passé... j'aime bien te voir en photo!

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  47. Your pizza's look lovely. Love the choice of toppings. No high up in the air tossing picture?
    Still have to toss, hope it works!

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  48. Rosa, this challenge was wonderful! Sher picked a wonderful recipe, and you did a great job following through. Now, I'm totally enchanted by the idea of a Flammküche pizza. It looks delicious and, somehow, classy!

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  49. Elles sont superbes tes pizzas ! Heureusement, tu es sorties indemne de l'étape de la "pâte volante" ;-p

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  50. I'm so happy you posted a recipe for flamenkuche, which I having been wanting to try to recreate since I first tried it at my very first dinner in Switzerland!

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  51. cool ta photo! c'est sympa de voir ta trombine!!!
    encore merci pour ta recette...

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  52. Rosa, thanks again for this wonderful challenge and wow, this fig and walnut pizza...amazing ! I have noticed that many DB made sweet pizzas, isn't it funny ?

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  53. Ciao Rosa thank you for chosing pizza this month ! beautiful fig pizza !!!

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  54. Je me régale aujourd'hui...Toi aussi, tu as réussi avec brio l'épreuve. Bravo Rosa.

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  55. Brava Rosa, they look great, tasty, just perfect. And thanks for the explanations, so precise, I will certainly try that dough recipe.

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  56. Brava Rosa, they look great, tasty, just perfect. And thanks for the explanations, so precise, I will certainly try that dough recipe.

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  57. Just wonderful Rosa! Ca a l'air tellement merveilleux!

    BRAVO!

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  58. Ooooh, I really like the Flammkuche piza with caraway and Speck...great twist on pizza!

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  59. Thank you Rosa for the great challenge! I loved it!

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  60. bravo ! belle réussite ! sympa de te voir en pleine action ;-)

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  61. Rosa, this was a great challenge. Thank you once again :)

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  62. Elles sont super belles, je te souhaite une super journée, bisous

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  63. I'm most upset that I had to miss this months challenge especially since you are hosting. Sorry my dear, but I just didnt have the time...
    Your pizza looks just lovely though!

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  64. Hi Rosa, many thanks for hosting this month's D.B. and making the pizza's was such fun!

    Your pizzas look just wonderful Rosa! Love the one with figs mmmm

    Rosie x

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  65. Hi Rosa, your pizzas looks delish. And many thanks for such an enjoyable challenge!

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  66. Thanks for this challenge Rosa. I have never tried to make pizza dough before, remembering some scary homemade pizzas that I tasted as a child, but this dough was just right. I love your fig, walnut and cream cheese pizza - delish!

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  67. merci beaucoup pour le choix de cette recette, j'ai beaucoup apprécié ce défi et du coup, j'ai régalé tout le monde :)
    tes photos sont superbes !

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  68. Bonjour Rosa,
    Grande amatrice de Pizze j'ai vraiment grande hâte de tenter cette très "étonnante" recette.
    Le résultat est fameux même par écrans interposés :-)
    Bravo et à très Bientôt !

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  69. Figs on your pizza, I would never have thought of that! Great post. Thanks for hosting this month and for a great choice of challenge.

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  70. Thanks so much for a fun and delicious challenge. Beautiful pizzas!

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  71. Thanks for hosting. It was interesting to try this crust though we could never get the throwing to work ;)

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  72. This is a great challenge, Rosa! Thanks for doing such a great job organizing it. Your pizza looks delicious. I love figs and this is a great way to feature them.

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  73. Your pizzas look so delicious! Thank you so much for hosting. I loved your choice... it was great fun :)

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  74. Thank you for this lovely challenge. Loved it

    Love the figs pizza

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  75. Your fig pizza looks so good! Thank you for hosting this months challenge and choosing such an awesome recipe, I had a great time!

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  76. Rosa, I love you for choosing this challenge! Thank you so much. Your pizzas look awesome (figs? you are brilliant) and my pizzas are long gone because they were delish. You ROCK :) xxoo

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  77. What a fantastic challenge Rosa! Thank you so much for hosting! You did a magnificent job! :)

    xoxo

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  78. Fabulous challenge this month! Tossing the dough was a true challenge for me. Your pizzas look delicious and I definitely want to try your fig pizza recipe.

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  79. Great pizza Rosa, I loved this months challenge, such good fun!

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  80. I've been seeing all these lovely pizzas all day long. I am sorry I am not a member of the Daring Bakers yet. Your pizza looks lovely.

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  81. Thanks for being a terrific host and for dedicating the challenge to Sher's memory. That fig pizza looks fantastic!

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  82. Mmmm!!!Je me régale littéralement devant cette délicieuse pizza:))

    C'est cool de te voir la binette hihi;)

    Bonne journée Rosa!

    ~Lexibule~xxx

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  83. Hi Rosa!

    This was a fun challenge for me as I live in the land of great Pizza (Brooklyn, NY), and never made one before!

    I love the fig idea that you used -- my Italian husband would go wild for that as he is a big fig lover and we have a fig tree, so next year when they are back in season I'll try this recipe as a topping.
    Thanks for being a good host and for the fun challenge!

    Pat in NYC

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  84. You did a magnificient job hosting and honoring Sher.
    Tes pizzas sont magnifiques et la salee me met en appetit!

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  85. The fig pizza sounds out of this world delicious!

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  86. Thanks for the challenge Rosa, I had way too much fun with this :D

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  87. I like to make my own pizza as well but I don't think I will take the challenge as I can never toss the pizza... Hehe... Anyway, your creamcheese with figs gave me some new recipe idea for pizza. Thanks!

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  88. Wonderful job hosting this month Rosa! Pizza was a great idea which really allowed people to express themselves. I love the sweet pizza you made! This is giving me an opportunity to get so many ideas for future pizzas!!

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  89. Your pizzas look fantastic! Thank you for hosting such a fun and exciting challenge.

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  90. waouh quel travail sur plusieurs jours ! mais à en voir les photos le résultat en vaut le coup !! bravo !

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  91. I like that the pizza has a constant companion of a glass of wine! Thanks for a great challenge and continuing on alone.

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  92. Great job hosting!! I have really enjoyed this challenge. Love the fig pizza idea!

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  93. Your pizzas are wonderful! Thanks so much for hosting this - I loved it!

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  94. Thanks for hosting this challenge - pizza was so fun, and savory challenges are always more stretching for me. I love the looks of that fig pizza!

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  95. Thank you for hosting this month! Your pizzas look fantastic - my post should be up soon . . . :)

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  96. lisa from dandysugar6:05 PM, October 29, 2008

    Love figs on pizza! They both look delicious! Thanks for hosting such a great challenge!

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  97. Wow, what a great job. Thanks for hosting. Your pizzas are brilliant. Who would have thought of figs? Great choice.

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  98. Unique toppings Rosa,especially the figs,I'd love to try that.

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  99. Thanks for a fun challenge Rosa. Your pizzas look absolutely delicious!

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  100. I'm going to bookmark this dough recipe because I'm always looking for new ones (not that there's nothing wrong with the one I have...). Thanks Rosa!

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  101. Thanks for hosting!

    I would have never thought about figs on a pizza, but I'm sure it tastes great!

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  102. Great Pizzas, really great pizzas. I have been checking out all the daring bakers but your music, profile drawing and blog got me a commenting, I am inspired.

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  103. What a great challenge. Thank you for hosting this month.

    I have seen others use figs on their pizzas, this is something I am going to have to try.

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  104. Thank's for hosting, love "your purple goes with your blog theme" pizza ;)

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  105. Thanks Rosa for hosting this month challenge! It was great, I wanted to post earlier today but I'm stuck in bed with a bad bad "grippe".
    Bises++

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  106. I used figs on my pizzas as well. Yours look really good. I love this recipe!

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  107. You get a pat on the back Rosa, for making this challenge my favorite one so far. We ADORED this recipe at my house. It was fun, unstressful, delicious.

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  108. Tes pizzas sont tellement belles et appétissantes:))
    Je suis bien contente de voir de te voir en vrai!!

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  109. Thanks Rosa for hosting such a fabulous challenge. My parents and boyfriend thank you too ;).

    I loved coming up with a dessert pizza and love that this challenge made the thought cross my mind. Your pizzas look fantastic. I wish I wasn't so hungry right now!

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  110. Thanks so much for hosting, AWESOME challenge! I loved the dough, and we enjoyed out pizza. YOUR pizza looks awesome, the figs bear a 2nd thought for me, I do love them.

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  111. Great challenge, thank you for following through with the plan!!
    Figs, walnuts and cream cheese...oh my!!!! Next batch of dough I will most assuredly save a ball for that combo!!!!!!!

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  112. This challenge makes me regret not being a daring baker! The choice of the pizza dough recipe looks just perfect, I'm definitely gonna try out this one. Both your pizzas look so scrumptious! And I loved your figs choice as a pizza topping! Never tried them this way, and it looks so tasty.

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  113. Que de belles créations comme d'habitude, on se régale devant tes photos!

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  114. Thks for the challenge Rosa, you did a wonderful job! We all enjoyed the pizza very much tonight

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  115. These look wonderful! I had such a great time creating my very first Daring Baker's Challenge. Thanks for the great idea!

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  116. Rosa, this is my first challenge and thank you for hosting it! I think I have been living under the rock, because after checking tons of DB's posts, I realize that there are tons of ingredients that I'd never thought to use as toppings. Figs is one of them! :) Thank you!

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  117. Hi - This is my first visit to your site. I got here through Elle's New England Kitchen. I'm so glad she linked to you! Her dough looked good and I had to get the recipe. Then I saw the fig pizza. Oooh! That fig pizza looks incredible! I will definitely make it after I buy my KitchenAide mixer.

    BTW, I love the music that came up with your site today (I love the dead). It's been a really long time since I heard it. I usually get snippity when music comes up. Instead, I listened to hear out the song this time!

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  118. Rosa! You were a fantastic host!! Thanks for being so encouraging to everyone. I am sure you made Sher proud. Your pizzas look amazing!

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  119. Thanks for such a great challenge! Although I did have some problems with tossing the dough, the pizza crust had the most amazing flavor! This is my first Daring Bakers challenge and it feels great to be part of such a wonderful group!

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  120. Your pizza's have come out great! Thanks a bunch for this challenge - loved it :)

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  121. Gosh your pizzas are sure winners, so perfectly done!weel done!

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  122. such a great way to pay tribute to your friend... and your creations all look delicious... thanks for sharing... :)

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  123. your pizzas look incredible and i love the fig one !! thank you so much for hosting such a great challenge!

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  124. I have seen a lot of figs. Its a wonderfully delicious idea! Thanks for the idea of the toss. I ahve alwyas wanted to do that. It was a lot of fun Rosa.

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  125. Now this is looking GREAT!

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  126. This is looking great!

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  127. You did a fabulous job on the challenge despite having to "stride this horse alone." it was such fun...thanks!

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  128. Rosa,

    An amazing challenge, a beautiful post, and a truly gracious hostess. You're brilliant and I thank you on behalf of all the Daring Bakers for a tremendously successful challenge. I'm sure that Sher would be proud.

    (Oh yes and your pizzas are mouth-watering!)

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  129. Wow, had to really scroll a couple of times down to post my comment!! Well done - love your fig pizza, looks absolutely delicious. The topic on 'Pizza' is very popular, tks for hosting & picking this for the DBC.

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  130. Thank you sooo much for this month's challenge!!! mmmm your fig pizza looks amazing!!!

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  131. Thanks for hosting a great challenge! Your fig pizza looks amazing!

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  132. this was a great recipe--thanks for carrying on Sherry's pick! and thanks for being so attentive to all the questions and comments from the group throughout the month!

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  133. Dear Rosa! Thanks so much for a wonderful challenge. We make pizza all the time and this dough recipe will be our new "standard." The husband can't stop raving about it! You did a wonderful job with the challenge - many thanks.

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  134. Rosa,

    Thank you for hosting this months challenge!
    The fig pizza looks wonderful!

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  135. Tiens hier en plus j'avais envie de pizza !!
    Jolie la pizzaoila :)

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  136. Superbe ! c'est vraiment très appétissant, j'adore

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  137. Hi ....
    Great post..i was in search of this recipe ..Thanks a lot for sharing this ..
    love
    veena

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  138. j'adore ....et puis te voir en plus ! trop bien
    amuse toi bien

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  139. see THIS is actually a daring bakers I could have participated in. I'm not a baker and always get scared to join in, but pizza - heck yeah!

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  140. Nice to learn about the Authentic dough, I haven't had Pizza, homemade ones for quite some time, time for it again : )

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  141. You've done it again! What an enchanting recipe! I feel my hips have grown another size just looking at those pictures!

    *drool*

    Delicious!

    Blessings,
    lacy

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  142. a lovely challenge Rosa! thank you for this. the fig pizza sounds just like something i will be trying out next time.

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  143. Thanks for the hosting! This was my favorite challenge thus far.

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  144. Looks delicious, Rosa. I love the sweet and savory option. The fig pizza is sounding so good right now.

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  145. i am so envious of anyone who has figs to cook! I love the toppings! Thank you for a truly great challenge!

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  146. cooles T-Shirt!!!

    Et je ne parle pas des pizzas, ça, c'est carrément dément!!!!

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  147. Thanks for hosting this challenge and sharing Sherry's recipe idea. This is an amazing pizza crust that is definitely a keeper in my house. I have to practice a bit (okay, a LOT) with the dough tossing, but I totally had fun with it :)

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  148. Plus d'excuse maintenant...je suis obligée de réussir sublimement bien chaque pizza que je fais d'ici la fin de ma vie..!!!
    Thanks for sharing - you're so, so generous.
    On the subject of which...

    I know Christmas is a long way off; but, I just couldn't wait...

    I'm in the midst of gift-wrapping an early, early Christmas present for all my delightful favourite bloggers - it'll be ready this evening if you'd like to pop by my blog and pick it up..:)

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  149. Hi Rose!!! Thank you for this amusing challenge and Bravissima for your pizzas!!!
    Big kisses
    Ago :-D

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  150. Rose, thank you so much for hosting this month's DB challenge. I loved this challenge even if the dough didn't work out for me. Your pizzas look fantastic especially the fig one! Looked just like a little bite of heaven.

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  151. Rosa--wonderful job! I love the fig and walnut pizza. Ohmygod, if only I could have a slice of it right now!

    Thanks for doing such a good job hosting and of honoring our friend Sherry. She would have thoroughly gotten a kick out of this challenge!

    Hugs.

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  152. Thanks for hosting this month - this was such a great challenge! I would never have tossed dough on my own. You pushed me out of my comfort zone and I'm veeeerrry thankful for that!

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  153. Your pizzas look fantastic! Thank you so much for hosting this challenge, delicious! :)

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  154. Lovely combination of flavors!

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  155. Great job hosting Rosa! I was sad to hear of Sherry's passing too, sorry you had to go it alone after such tragedies! You were wonderful, and even though mine hasn't worked out very well so far {I still have more dough though!} it was fun just to try!

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  156. Wow figs...nice

    I got creative like wild and am happy ith the result..thanks for the wonderful challenge.

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  157. Great hosting!! Thanks for this challenge it was alot of fun with delicious results. Your pizza looks good and great flavor combo's.

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  158. I had so much fun with this challenge. It was my first. Thanks for choosing it!

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  159. je finis par me demander si j'ai laissé un commentaire chez toi :))))
    ENcore une fois merci pur ce challenge génial, je me suis beaucoup amusée !
    Je vois par la même occasion que nous apprécions toutes deux les figues ;op

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  160. Fig and walnut pizza sounds like such a great combo. What a fun pick for the Daring Baker challenge.

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  161. OH! It is so nice to finaly see your face! You are absolutely beautiful! Okay... I know, it wasn't a Miss Beauty challenge! LOL ...nevertheless, you are a bomb!

    On another note, I'm sorry I couldn't participate in the DBer's challenge this month, things were simply toooooo hectic this last month... and my insomnia just didn't help. :(

    Anyways, I could simply not have matched the perfection of that pizza you made!
    Simply delightful!

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  162. interesting topping combination. I'll have to try the figs!

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  163. Thanks Rosa for this month's challenge! Your sweet fig pizza looks so delicious!

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  164. Here's another "Thank You" for picking a wonderful challenge.

    Loving your toppings!!

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  165. Rosa all your pizzas are amazing and let me tell you how wonderful job you did hosting! Extremely well done! Thank you!

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  166. Gorgeous pie, great tossing, and your kitty is a handsome puddy tat

    Thanks for a great challenge :)

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  167. Rosa,
    THANK YOU (and Sher, who I'm sad to say, I didn't have a chance to know) for giving us this challenge. I love the savory challenges. And now I have a pizza recipe. It was fun and much easier than anticipated.
    Jane of VeganBits.com

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  168. Une recette des Darings Bakers que je devrais pouvoir reproduire. Les tiennes sont superbes.

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  169. Merci pour le choix de recette! Merveilleuses ces pizzas et merci aussi pour tout les petits mots gentils que me laisses la joie de découvrir souvent sur mon blog!

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  170. Your pizzas look great! I really enjoyed making pizzas for the DB challenge this month!

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  171. Magnifique tes pizzas!! Bonne journée.

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  172. SHIONGE: Thanks! Here is my e-mail address: grandchamp AT gmx DOT ch

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  173. Quelles jolies couleurs sur cette tarte aux figues!!!

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  174. Rosa, you have made my, and my DH's day!!! Pizza dough is one of my nemesises and after making a batch of this dough you posted, it no longer scares or frustrates me. THANK YOU!!

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  175. Tes photos sont absolument sublimes!!

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  176. hi rosa,
    just want to thank you for sharing this dough recipe. i tried it today and it works!!! my hubby loved the crust. he says no more domino's from now on..

    merci beaucoup!

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  177. AMEE: Hi and thanks for passing by! I'm ever so happy to hear that you like this pizza dough and that the recipe worked well! Yes, homemade pizza is the best! Cheers.

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  178. I love figs pizza. Thank you for choosing such a great recipe. Good job

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  179. VANESSA: Thanks! I'm glad you like this recipe...

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  180. Hi Rosa,
    I've tried the dough recipe for number of time, and it is perfect.

    Just wondering, would you mind if I posted the dough recipe on my blog: http://jivekitchen.blogspot.com?

    Thanks - Benny

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  181. Wow!! I love pizza. What a great combination of colors and flavors. Sound delicious! Yummy!

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  182. This is a pretty nice idea! I have never tried figs on pizza. Something new to try.

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  183. Just sucks for me cause I can't eat gluten. So sad wish I could make pizza dough and eat pizza. Tear tear

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