Homemade pizza is a family favorite. This crust is simple to make and can be rolled out for two thin crust or one thick crust pizza.
1 thick crust or 2 thin crust pizzas
large baking sheet, two for thin crust pizzas
.25 ounces or 1 1/2 tsp. of active dry yeast
1 cup water, slightly warmed, not hot.
2 tsp. fine granulated sugar
3 cups flour, sifted
2 Tbsp good olive oil
1 tsp. fine salt
dry oregano – palmful
dry basil – palmful
Spoon sugar into bottom of your mixing bowl. Add warm water and stir. Sprinkle dry yeast on top of water to dissolve. Let set for 10 minutes or until yeast makes a foam crust to cover the water. If yeast does not foam, start over. Maybe your water is too hot, or the yeast is not fresh.
Add in olive oil, salt, herbs and flour. Stir gently with a non-stick spoon just until ingredients are incorporated.
Flour your hands and kneed dough until it pulls slightly away from your hands. Careful not to over work the dough.
Cover with a lightweight towel and let rest to rise for at least one hour.
To make pizza:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius // 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Flour a clean surface. Flour your hands. Flour your rolling pin. Flour the baking sheet.
For thick crust, roll out the whole mass of dough and place on large baking sheet.
For thin crust, split dough in half and roll out one at a time, placing on two baking sheets.
Bake dough for 8-10 minutes to set.
Remove from oven.
Add sauce and toppings and cheese to your liking. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and brown. Be mindful the crust does not over cook. For full recipe see homemade pizza recipe.