Step 1: The Dough
3 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour (460 grams)
2 Teaspoons Instant Yeast
2 Teaspoons Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 1/3 Cups Water (room temperature)
Stand Mixer (optional)
*The scale is how I always measure flour in any dough recipe but is not absolutely necessary.
Combine the flour, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer, or a regular bowl if mixing by hand (using the hand mixing method reserve a quarter cup of the flour), and give a quick whisk. Add the salt and water and turn the mixer on low until the dough starts to come together then turn it to medium (#4 on a Kitchen Aid) for about 2 minutes. The dough should be tacky but not sticking to your finger. If it is sticky add a bit of flour and mix for another minute or so (this applies to the mixer as well as the hand method).