The Best Ever Homemade Pizza Crust
Everybody loves pizza. This easy recipe will make crusts for two large pies. You can use the dough right away, or store it for later use. Simply place it in a plastic bag that has been lightly dusted with flour and refrigerate for up to three days. Even refrigerated, the dough will rise somewhat, so be sure to leave space in the bag. When ready to use, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature (about 20 minutes).
Author: Straight Outta My Kitchen
Recipe type: Misc.
- 1 tablespoon (1 packet active dry yeast)
- ¼ lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3½ to 4½ white unbleached flour
- Place the yeast, ¼ cup lukewarm water, and sugar in a dishpan or large bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve the yeast. Add 1 cup lukewarm water, the olive oil, salt, and 3½ cups flour. Stir the ingredients, adding more flour a little at a time, until the dough is easy to handle.
- Knead the dough directly in the bowl (or on a floured board), adding more flour as necessary. Knead about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth, elastic, and very easy to handle. Shape into a ball.
- Spread a little oil on the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the ball of dough, then turn it over, oiled side up. Cover and set in a warm spot for about an hour, or until the dough doubles in bulk. Lightly sprinkle two 12- inch-round pizza pans with cornmeal and set aside. (You can also make a large rectangular pizza, using an 18-x-13-inch sheet pan instead.)
- Punch down the risen dough, cut in half, and form each half into a ball. On a floured board, pat or roll out each ball of dough into a circle. Place the circle over your floured knuckles and gently stretch to just about the size of the pan.
- Place the rounds on the prepared pans and flatten the center with your hands, leaving a raised edge around the rim.
- Add your topping of choice, then place in a preheated 500 ºF oven and bake about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.