Syd's Basic Pizza

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by Sydney Mike

Wish I could remember where I picked up this recipe [over 30 years ago], but I can't! In spite of the detailed directions, it is easy to make & great-tasting, to boot! And, I'm one of those who can thoroughly enjoy a simple cheese & sauce pizza! Preparation time does not include the 2 hours it takes for the dough to rise.

Top Review by gailanng

I called the family to the table to see what I had made. Pepper, my cockatiel, found no humor in this event. You know, he not being a pizza eater and all that. Well, he fixed on me a snake-eyed stare and accused me of not being very considerate. A spoonful of tuna will set things right and thank goodness he has a short memory. I AM happy to say this was much enjoyed by all the others. Made for Everyday Is A Holiday.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. FOR THE DOUGH, Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt & sugar.
  3. Add yeast mixture & oil into middle of flour mixture, mixing until dough is soft but not sticky. If sticky, add a little more flour in the next step.
  4. Turn dough onto lightly floured board, & knead until dough is smooth & elastic. Dough will pop back if you stick a finger into it.
  5. Put dough in lightly oiled bowl & brush it with oil, then cover with towel & put in warm place.
  6. Allow to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size. A hole remains if you poke your finger into the dough.
  7. Remove dough from bowl & punch it down on a board.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Divide dough into 2 equal balls, then cover & let rest 10 minutes.
  10. Taking 1 ball at a time, roll it out or pat & stretch it into a circle about 14 inches in diameter. Dough should be thinner at center than at edge.
  11. Pinch edge of dough to form a rim, & place the whole of the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  12. Prick lightly all over with a fork.
  13. FOR THE TOPPING, If you want, you can brush the pizza dough LIGHTLY with olive oil, OR just start by covering the dough with a pasta/pizza sauce, to about 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the edge.
  14. Add a layer of shredded Romano cheese over the sauce.
  15. If desired, at this point add any meat/veggie topping(s) that you like.
  16. Sprinkle top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  17. Bake until crust is done, about 30 minutes.

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