The dough is easy to make:
1 cup warm water
1 pkg yeast (instant or regular)
Dissolve yeast in the water. Add,
Dash of salt
1 generous tsp of sugar
2 generous tbsp of olive oil
2 1/2 cups of flour (HINT: Add 2 cups, then add the other 1/2 while kneading it – sometimes it needs less flour, sometimes more)
Mix a bit, then turn out on floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and gorgeous.
Plop dough in an oiled boil, cover with towel or plastic wrap, tuck in cozy corner of your kitchen for as little as 5 minutes, or until your ready (I’ve left it to rise for as long as 45 minutes).
Take dough out of bowl and squash flat on an oiled/buttered pan (I use a cookie sheet). Add toppings until you have something that looks like pizza.
Bake your creation in a hot oven (I use 475F) for a minimum of 8 minutes – up to 15 minutes – depending on how crispy a crust I want – watch carefully, as every oven is different.
This makes enough dough for two regular sized pizzas using the standard pizza pan. I put the entire thing on a large cookie sheet. You could also split the dough and freeze half for future reference.
It can take time to get the dough right. I’ve always been too impatient to knead it properly. But when I finally took the time to knead it until I achieved the perfect texture, I nearly wept with joy. The dough was so lovely to work with I could see instantly why people love baking bread for fun. The truth is though, you can’t really screw up pizza dough, so please give it a try.
If you need a tutor, I’d be pleased to help. I get so much joy from making this dough I could easily make it a hobby. 🙂