I was afraid making pizza dough would be hard, but that's not the case. It's actually quite easy. I use a recipe from Kitchn with a minor adjustment.
3/4 cups lukewarm water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Measure 3/4 cup lukewarm water, remove 2 teaspoons and replace with olive oil, a common ingredient in other recipes.
Mix the liquid and dry ingredients with a spoon until it forms a shaggy dough.
Put dough out on a board and knead until all of the flour is incorporated and it becomes elastic, about 10 minutes.
Let rise until double. Divide in half for two 10-inch pies. You can refrigerate to use later.
Heat the oven to 500 degrees.
Form by hand on parchment paper into a 1/4" thin circle.
Transfer on the paper to a pan or baking stone for easy baking.
Spread sauce over the dough, cover with shredded mozzarella cheese, and add your toppings.
Bake for five minutes, rotate the pan and bake for an additional five minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edge of the crust is crispy.
I made one thin crust and a second thicker. We liked the thin best. Next time I'm going to try using a rolling pin to get the dough thinner. Using the parchment paper will prevent it from sticking to the breadboard. It doesn't keep the crust from browning and can be removed half way through cooking or at the end.
Do you make your own pizza? Do you have any suggestions?
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