As promised (finally), the basic pizza dough recipe! Seriously easy and only takes 20 minutes (15 of that is just letting things sit). I found it in The Tightwad Gazette book. This makes a wonderful, basic crust. You can add herbs or craft a stuffed crust if you want. There seem to be a lot of steps, but it’s actually super easy.
1/2 – 3/4 cup warm water
1 package (1 tablespoon) dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Corn meal (optional)
Combine 1/4 cup of the water with the yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve and let stand until bubbly (about 5 minutes).
Combine flour, oil, and salt in a food processor and process for 5 seconds.
Add yeast mixture and mix until blended (about 10 seconds). Drizzle water into feed tube until ball forms that cleans the sides of the bowl. Let ball turn 25 times.
Turn out dough into baking sheet dusted with flour or corn meal, cover with plastic wrap or a bowl and let rise 10 minutes.
Pat out dough, dusting top with tiny amounts of flour to keep it from getting sticky, until desired thickness and size (it will rise during baking), and top.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.
Topping suggestion: for a plain cheese pizza, use cheddar along with your mozzarella, sprinkle liberally with garlic powder, salt, and oregano, finish with parmesan cheese. This is a universal favorite.
My kids like this homemade recipe better than delivery. It’s quick, very yummy, and costs much less.