for 6 servings
- 7 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- 4 cups water, at room temperature
- 1 cornmeal, or semolina, for the pizza peel
- 1 flour, extra, for shaping
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup, or honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a very large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Make a divot in the middle of the flour mixture and add a few tablespoons of water. Stir with a wooden spoon, gradually adding more and more water until the dough starts to come together. You may need a tablespoon more or less water, depending on the consistency of the dough as it forms.
- Using your hands, ensure the dough is well incorporated, but do not knead. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
- Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature overnight, or for at least 12 hours, until doubled in size and porous.
- Make the sauce by combining tomato paste, water, vinegar, maple syrup, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, basil, marjoram, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Let sit at room temperature for an hour before canning or jarring. Refrigerate as necessary up to 2 weeks.
- Once the dough has risen, transfer to a clean, floured work surface and form into a large ball. Cut the dough into 6 equal parts and form dough balls by folding the corners into themselves.
- Place the dough balls on a floured sheet pan, sprinkle with flour, and cover with a damp towel for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Preheat oven with a pizza stone in it to 500ªF (260ºC) or a low broil.
- Work each dough into a disk on a floured work surface. Knuckling the edges of the dough and tossing it gently will help thin it out. Be careful not to rip the dough.
- Place the dough disk onto a pizza peel generously floured with semolina or cornmeal. This will prevent sticking. Top with desired sauce, cheese, and toppings.
- Slide the pizza onto the stone and bake for about 9 minutes, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. Look for the edges to become charred and crispy and the cheese to bubble.
- Let the pizza cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.