A favorite in our house is Margherita Pizza. I like this basic dough recipe because it works for all kinds of pizzas, so make whatever you like best.
Begin by putting 1 package of yeast into 1 and 1/3 cups of hot water. (105-115 degrees) and let soak for ~5 minutes.
Combine the following ingredients:
- 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour ( I use 2 1/2 cups All Purpose and 1 C Wheat Flour)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
By Hand: Knead for 10 minutes
Electric Mixer with Dough Hook: 1 minute on low speed and 9 minutes on low-medium speed.
Coat a bowl with 1 turn of olive oil and cover with a clean kitchen cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours. (Yes, it takes a long time but it is worth it so make it then run your errands =) ). Fast forward to when your dough has doubled. Punch down and divide into 2 balls. Let them rest for ~10 minutes. At this point you should start preheating to 475.
Coat with olive oil and Parmesan or your favorite Italian cheese. (You can even get the “Pizza” package of cheese at the grocery store) Decorate however you wish. and add some basil to season. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
The baking process is the same for any type of pizza, just change the toppings. Enjoy!