Friday, July 24, 2009

Easy Pizza Crust Recipe

Don't be afraid of the yeast! This pizza dough is quick and easy.

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm (not hot!) water
1 tsp. sugar
2-1/2 cups + of all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Dissolve yeast in the warm water in a large mixing bowl. When dissolved, stir in all remaining ingredients. Beat vigorously until blended, then let dough rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a pizza pan or very large cookie sheet with cooking spray, or a light coat of olive oil. (I usually use a cookie sheet - my pizza pan has "holes" in it for aeration and it is difficult to clean when I use it to cook fresh dough.)

Flour a clean work surface, and lightly flour a rolling pin. Roll out the dough until it will fit the pan you are using. Place dough into prepared pan. (If you don't have a large work surface, simply press the dough into the pan and spread out using clean, floured hands.)

Spread pizza sauce over the dough and add any toppings you desire.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

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