One of the more intimidating foods is homemade pizza. The pizza one makes at home is so much healthier, better , and more delicious than the take-out or the take and bake. This recipe can be made simple and easy, and ready on your plate in a matter of a hour.
You will need:
3 1/2 to 4 cups of All Purpose Flour (plus more for handling the dough)
1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
1 envelope of instant dried yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoon of active dried yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups of warm water (110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons of olive oil ( You'll need 2 teaspoons also for later)
What to do:
This recipe can be made by a stand mixer or if you're feeling courageous by hand.
Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and the yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer. (in a bowl if by hand)
While the mixer is running add in the warm water and the oil until the dough forms a ball. ( Add the water and the oil and mix thoroughly until all of the liquid is incorporated and the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl)
SIMPLE TIP: If the dough is too wet add additional flour to the mix 1 teaspoon at a time until it comes together in a smooth ball. If the dough is too dry at 1 teaspoon until the dough is coming together in a smooth ball.
Scrape the dough out onto a floured surface and start kneading the dough until it comes together in a smooth elastic not too sticky ball.
SIMPLE TIP: If you push your finger gently into the dough ball it should feel smooth not tough
Grease the bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil and place the dough in the greased bowl and roll it around to cover the surface with olive oil.
Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and stick it in a warm place to double in size about a hour.
After the dough has risen for a hour cut in in half and let rest for another 10 minutes.
Stretch it and roll it out into the desired shape, top and bake at whatever recipe you are using for the toppings requires or until the dough is golden brown
(Toppings recipe coming soon!)