Instructions

  1. To make the starter: In a mixing bowl or the pan of your bread machine, stir together the flour, water and yeast. Set aside, covered, to rest overnight or all day.

  2. To make the dough: Add the flour and water to the starter, mix well, and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Add the remaining dough ingredients, mixing and kneading to form a smooth dough.

  3. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 45 minutes; gently fold the edges to the middle, turn it over, and let it rise an additional 45 minutes.

  4. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a 9" round, place on a piece of parchment cut to fit, cover, and let rest while you heat your oven to 500°F.

  5. After about 30 minutes, use a giant spatula or pizza peel to transfer the pizza to your hot oven stone; or place it on a pan on the lowest rack of your oven.

  6. Bake for 4 minutes, then remove from the oven, and top with your favorite toppings. Return the pizzas to the lowest rack of the oven (not to the stone), and bake for an additional 8 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling bubbly.

  7. Store any leftover pizza, well wrapped, in the refrigerator for several days; freeze for longer storage.