We LOVE home made pizza. Okay, okay...I just love pizza! Our budget won't allow me to order pizza as often as I'd like to, so this has become a staple in our weekly menu planning. It is quick, easy, and oh so tasty.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp yeast (I like to use instant yeast for this. Raises even quicker :) )
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
3-4 cups flour (I do half and half/wheat and white)
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a stand mixer (or a bowl if mixing by hand). Add flour until combined. Knead for 5-7 minutes. Let raise for 30 min (if using instant yeast it will be raised in about 10-15 min.). Divide dough in half. Roll out into circles. Top with your choice of sauce/cheese/toppings. Bake at 425 for 15 min.
1. I divide my dough into 4 equal pieces. I prefer a thinner crust, and this makes it just perfect.
2. After rolling out dough, I place the circle in the oven on a heated pizza stone to cook for a few min before adding toppings. That way the crust can be frozen for a later time, it also helps make sure the crust gets cooked completely.
3. Don't overload your pizza. It is very possible to have "too many" toppings.