Pizza dough, like other bread recipes, can be intimidating. It’s actually easy to make. This recipe is foolproof. Keep the ingredients handy and you’ll be able to make homemade pizza in about an hour for a fraction of the cost of delivery. When you’re ready to bake your pizza, put it in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. You can bake two at once on different racks in the oven but if you do, switch them halfway through so that they finish at the same time.
1-1/4 c very warm water
1 packet rapid active yeast
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
4 c. all-purpose flour
1. dissolve packet of yeast in 1-1/4 c. very warm water. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar and mix well. The mixture will be cloudy. Once all lumps are removed, pour the yeast and water mixture into a very large bowl.
2. Add 1 cup flour to the yeast mixture and mix well. Continue to add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing until it forms a ball and becomes hard to stir. At this time, move the dough ball onto a clean, floured counter top.
3. Add flour and knead the dough until it is no longer sticky. Knead well for 5 minutes. form into a ball, and coat with olive oil.
4. Place the oil-covered ball into another bowl and cover with a warm towel. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size, 30 minutes. Divide dough in half to make two pizzas.