Homemade Pizza Dough

We love pizza. LOVE it. And I love to make it at home. It’s fairly easy and low maintenance. I know on cooking shows, they recommend the easiest thing to use for pizza crust is buying some dough from your favorite pizzeria (has anyone tried that?), but I always just make it at home. My old go-to recipe was from Cooking Light, but recently, I tried a crust from Simply Recipes. It’s equally easy and quick to put together, but I think it’s chewier and has a better texture. And if you haven’t checked out Simply Recipes, you should! There are great main dish recipes that I love!
Try this pizza dough out the next time you’re in the mood!!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F-115°F
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast package
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar



METHOD

1 In the large bowl of an electric mixer, add the warm water. Sprinkle on the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.
2 Attach a dough hook to the mixer. Mix in the olive oil, flour, salt and sugar on low speed for a minute. Knead on low speed, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
3 Place ball of dough in a bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil. Turn the dough around in the bowl so that it gets coated with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until it doubles in size. 


Makes 2 10-12-inch pizzas.
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