Basic Cheese Pizza

Recipe by JanetSmith154
READY IN: 1hr 13mins
SERVES: 8
YIELD: 1 pizza
UNITS: Metric

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Dough:
  • In a glass or plastic bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar (the water can just be water from the tap, make sure it's below 100°F).
  • Stir to dissolve the yeast and let the yeast "bloom" for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in 1 cup flour, add salt, and then stir in another cup of flour (the remaining cup of flour will be your "bench" flour and added flour).
  • Dump mixture onto kneading board and work in last cup of flour, kneading until dough is soft and elastic, but not sticky. Form dough into a ball.
  • In another bowl, pour in the 1 tbsp olive oil and spread around.
  • Coat ball of dough with oil and cover bowl with a damp towel and let dough rise for 40 minutes.
  • Punch down dough and knead on board about 2 minutes. Dough is now ready to spread in the pan.
  • To avoid sticking of crust, lightly spray pizza pan with olive oil or vegetable oil spray and then work dough to pan (or use free form pan) - this dough is enough for 1 14-in pizza with a thin bottom crust and enough dough around the edge to munch.
  • Sauce:
  • Combine pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, minced garlic, and basil.
  • Spread onto prepared pizza dough.
  • Top with sliced mozzarella cheese and bake at 500°F for 11-13 minutes.
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