Homemade Pizza Dough
One of the first things I did when we needed to cut expenses was to stop ordering pizza on Friday nights. I learned to make our own. It's great if you have guests over--just make mini pizzas and let everyone top their own!
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 Tbs. yeast
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. oil
- 5-6 cups flour
Combine water and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar, salt, and oil. Add half the flour and mix. Add remaining flour and knead until smooth. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and put in a warm spot to rise for about half an hour. (On cold days, briefly warm your oven, then turn it off, and put the bowl in there. Leave the light bulb on to provide a bit of warmth.)
Punch the dough down and split into 2-3 pieces, depending on how big you want your pizzas and how thick you like your crusts. Press onto a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan until the dough is about 1/4" thick (for thin crusts).
Spread your favorite sauce, sprinkle on grated mozzarella and/or Cheddar, add toppings, and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
If you like a sturdier crust, pre-bake the pizza a few minutes before putting the sauce and toppings on.
Note: You can also add some Italian herbs to the dough and/or crushed garlic.
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