This Amazing Pizza Dough Recipe Has Just Three Ingredients, No Kneading Required

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If you’re anything like most people with functioning taste buds, then you probably call pizza your favorite food. Even if you’ve never made homemade pizza before in your life, there’s another way of getting your margherita fix besides delivery and DiGiorno. Yes, it involves cooking, but anyone can do it.

This pizza dough recipe, via Bon Appétit, calls for just three basic ingredients: flour, sea salt, and active dry yeast. Better yet, the dough can be made three days ahead and chilled. It requires no kneading, which happens to be one of the trickiest parts of baking bread or making pizza. Too much pressing can break down the gluten and leave you with a gooey, shapeless dough, and nobody wants that.

This recipe takes that out of the equation completely. Start by combining 7 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 4 teaspoons of fine sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of active dry yeast in a bowl and whisking them together. Gradually stir in 3 cups of water until it’s well mixed, and then use your hands to form the dough into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a large bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise at room temperature for about 18 hours. The time may vary depending on the temperature—the room should be as close to 72°F as possible—but you’ll know it’s ready to go when the dough is more than twice its original size and you see small bubbles forming on the surface.

Next, cover a counter or flat surface with a little extra flour, plop your dough down, and start working it into a rectangular shape, then divide it into six portions. The next step, described by Bon Appétit, requires a little handiwork, but nothing too challenging:

“Working with one portion at a time, gather four corners to center to create four folds. Turn seam side down and mold gently into a ball. Dust dough with flour; set aside on work surface or a floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining portions.”

Finally, you can cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for about one hour. Then you’re ready to flatten each ball into a circle, add toppings, and bake it for about 10 minutes at 500°F–550°F. Once you've mastered pizza, you can move on to this easy three-ingredient pasta sauce that's hailed by some as the world's best.

[h/t Bon Appétit]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

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Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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