I started to make my own Pizza dough, but haven't found a great recipe yet. I copied a couple from the web, but haven't quite hit on the one that makes my taste buds say: "this is the one". Pizza dough is so easy to make, and once you start making your own, you'll never buy it again.
If someone has a tried and true recipe, please share.
Here's mine....such as it is:
1 Pkg Dry Yeast
1/2 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Warm Water (110 Degrees)
1 tsp. Salt
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 1/2 Cups Bread Making Flour (has more gluten), plus about another cup or more for kneading.
In large bowl dissolve yeast and brown sugar in the water. Let sit for 10 Minutes
Stir the salt and oil in the yeast solution. Mix in the 2 1/2 Cups of the flour (dough will be sticky).
Turn out onto generously floured board and knead until dough is no longer sticky (this takes about 5-7 minutes).
Turn dough into well oiled bowl for rising. Put clean cloth on top. Dough will double in about 1 hour or less. Keep an eye on it, as this rises pretty fast. You don't want it to get too big. Just about double.
Punch down dough and from tight ball. Let rest for 1 minute before rolling out. I form with my hands into a "pie" right onto my pizza stone. Using a rolling pin is okay also.
Make the pizza with your favorite toppings (remember: less is more).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake Pizza in oven until cheese and crust are golden brown (15-20 minutes).
I use a Pizza stone and cover it with cornmeal before forming the pie on the stone (optional). This dough makes a very pan like, thick crust. There will be enough dough around the edges to make "stuffed cheese crust", if so desired.
My Favorite Pizza
Ragu's Pizza Sauce - Spread thin, or as thick as you want it. This sauce has kind of an oily base to it.
Shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses together.
Sliced Black Olives
Artichoke hearts (in water), drained very well,
Snipped dried tomatoes