If your family is anything like my family, they never say no to pizza for dinner. While ordering from the local pizzeria is easy and certainly delicious, sometimes it’s more fun to get creative in the kitchen whipping up a fresh, homemade pizza!! The ingredients are few, the time is minimal and the result is scrumptious!
In a large mixing bowl, add the warm water, sugar and yeast. Give it a quick stir then let sit for 5 minutes. Next, add the flour and salt and, using a rubber spatula, mix your ingredients until it turns into a shaggy dough. Form it into a ball and place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover with Saran wrap and let the dough rise for 1½ hours (dough should roughly double in size).
Once dough has risen, knead on a lightly floured work surface for 5 minutes adding flour a little at a time if the dough is too sticky. Form into a ball again and, using a rolling pin and a little more flour, roll the dough out to your desired thickness (thin crust? Neapolitan style?). The dough will puff up as it cooks so err more on the thinner side. Put your rolled out dough on a pizza pan (or a rimless cookie sheet if you don’t have a pan) and preheat your oven to 450º.
Now the fun part: what are you going to top your pizza with?? Mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil? Traditional pepperoni? Four cheese? The possibilities are only limited by your taste buds!
Once you have topped your pizza with all your delicious fixings, bake for 15-20 minutes, or until your desired crunchiness (is that a word?) .
¾ cup warm water
½ tsp white cane sugar
1 tsp active dry yeast
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1½ tsp kosher salt
1-2 tsp oil for the bowl (olive or vegetable)
Toppings of your choice
In my house, you have to act fast if you want seconds….