Making pizza dough is not as difficult as I once thought. Once I made it a couple of times I realized there’s nothing to it. This recipe needs 1 – 2 hours to rise. As for toppings, I’ll leave that up to you.
Here are some topping ideas:
Basic Pizza Dough
- 1 1/4 teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 ¼ cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine yeast, warm water, salt, and oil in a bowl and stir with a fork. Slowly add flour a little at a time and continue to mix until it starts to form a ball. Knead directly in the bowl and keep adding flour if dough is too sticky. When the dough is smooth, lightly grease with olive oil and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 – 2 hours.
Dough can be kept in the refrigerator to rise slowly overnight.
When dough has doubled in size, remove from bowl onto a floured surface. Use half of the dough and flatten with fingers into a somewhat round shape. A rolling pin may also be used. Dough can be made with a thick or thin crust. If flattened dough is left too long before baking, it will start rising again which will result in a thicker crust.
Top with any choice of toppings.
For the pizza in the picture I used salsa and mozzarella cheese and topped with chili pepper flakes.
Place pizza on a parchment lined cookie sheet, or a pizza pan. Bake on the lowest rack of the oven to lightly brown bottom.
Bake at 400°F for about 10 – 12 minutes.
For a more flavourful dough, consider adding some of the following ingredients, garlic, rosemary, cracked pepper, chili pepper flakes, basil, oregano, finely chopped ham or cooked bacon. Knead ingredients directly into the dough.