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CARAMELIZED ONION PIZZA

Basic Dough

1 Tbs. sugar
1 cup warm water
1 pack (1/4 ounce) dry yeast
3 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup olive oil (optional)
1 Tsp. salt (if excluding oil, use 1/2 Tsp. salt)


Whole Wheat Dough

1 Tbs. sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water (110 - 115 degrees)
1 pack (1/4 ounce) dry yeast
1 1/4 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Dissolve sugar in water and add yeast. Stir gently until disssolved
(about 1 minute) Let stand until the yeast foams slightly (about
5 minutes) to insure that the yeast is effective. Combine 3 cups
of the flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour in the yeast mixture
and oil if you are using it. Begin kneading the mixture, gradually
adding enough of the remaining 1/4 cup flour so that the dough is
no longer sticky. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and
elastic (another 10-15 minutes by hand). Shape dough into a ball
and put in an oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat it with the
oil. Let rise until doubled in bulk (45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours,
depending on the yeast and the temperature). Punch down the dough
and shape into 1 or 2 pieces. The entire recipe will make one
large (16") pizza or two small (12") pizzas. Shape the dough either
by hand or with a rolling pin, stretching out as necessary to
achieve a thin dough. For a lighter crust, let the dough sit for
a half hour after shaping before constructing pizza and baking.


Topping:

1/4 cup olive oil for frying onions
6 cups thinly sliced onions (approximately 3 pounds)
6 garlic cloves
3 Tbs. fresh thyme or 1 Tbs. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

2 Tbs. oil for dribbling on top of pizza (optional)
1 Tbs. drained capers
1-1/2 Tbs. pine nuts

Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil and add the onions, garlic, thyme
and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occassionally, until most of the
moisture has evaporated and the onion mixture is very soft, almost
smooth, and caramelized, about 45 minutes. Discard the bay leaf
and season with salt and pepper.

Cover the dough with the onion mixture, sprinkle with capers and
pine nuts, and drizzle with remaining olive oil if you are using
it. Bake in pre-heated 500 degree oven for 10 minutes or until
golden brown. The baking time will vary depending on whether you
bake on a stone, a screen or in a pan. Be sure that your oven is
well pre-heated before putting pizza in.

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