active dry yeast
( 110 - 115 degrees)
2 1/2 cups
( plus some to sprinkle on greased pizza pan)
- Mix sugar & warm water, (I use a warm glass measuring cup) add yeast, stir, wait 10 minutes til a foam forms on top. Pour into large warm bowl, (rinse outside of bowl with warm water first).
- Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour, salt, and olive oil. Stir with wooden spoon until smooth and still a bit sticky. (Add flour only as needed to get a smooth dough that is still a bit sticky.) Put some flour on hands and spread rest on a wooden cutting board. Put dough on board and knead. I didn't know how to knead bread so I went to u-tube, the proper way is to use the heel of your hand to push the dough forward, then fold it over, rotate it a 1/4 turn and repeat. It also says to do this as quickly as possible, and DO NOT over knead it. 5 - 8 minutes is the most it ever takes. You will need to add flour, from the board, every so often because the dough is still a bit sticky, but again only as needed. You want to achive a moderately stiff dough, that is smooth and elastic.
- Put dough in a warm, greased bowl, cover with warm towel,and let rise 30 minutes. In the winter I put the whole bowl in my sink with some warm water because the air is chilly. After 30 minutes, remove the dough, divide it in half. Grease a pizza pan, and sprinkle with corn meal. Smooth the 1/2 dough ball onto your greased pizza pan, be patient you have to spread it really thin! , add sauce, mozzerella and toppings of your choice. Bake at 450 degrees 10 - 15 minutes. I actually use a Pizzaz pizza cooker and it works great. If you don't make 2 pizzas you can freeze the other in a ziploc bag. Be sure to grease it first, to keep it from sticking to the bag. It thaws quickly, with an hour or so.