Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

¾ cup lukewarm water

1 tablespoon active dry yeast (or one little packet)

1 teaspoon sugar

2 ¼ cups flour

3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

1. In a small bowl, stir together the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, 3 to 5 minutes. The “foam” will look like the froth on a good pour of beer but darker in color.

2. Using a standing mixer, mix the flour and salt at low speed. Mix in the yeast mixture and olive oil until no dry four is left at the bottom of the bowl. Change to the dough hook attachment and mix at medium speed until smooth, about 6 minutes.

3. Transfer the dough to a greased, large mixing bowl, turning to coat; cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Punch down the dough before using.

4. Preheat oven to 400F.

5. Split the dough in half (or quarters or eighths). And roll out into the desired shape. Roll thicker for thick crust or thinner for thin crust.

6. Top the dough with desired toppings except the cheese.

7. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes (watch closely if you have a thin crust). Top with cheese and a little bit of oregano and crushed pepper flakes.

8. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Place the pizza under your oven’s broiler to brown the cheese topping – watch closely.

NOTE: For whole wheat dough, use 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. (I’ve never tried this, so don’t blame me if it tastes healthy.)

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