Saturday, September 5, 2009
2 tsp. active dry yeast, 1 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water, 105-115 Degrees Fahrenheit
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra to be added later
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water add 1 tsp. sugar and set aside until foamy.
Combine flour and salt in a bowl, Stir in yeast mixture, add the 1 cup warm water and olive oil and mix thoroughly.
Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface. Knead 8-10 minutes until smooth. Transfer dough to a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hour until doubled.
Preheat oven to 450F (move oven rack to middle of oven).
Punch down dough and roll out to 3/4 inch thickness on a well floured surface. Brush dough generously with olive oil. Lightly oil a 14 inch pizza pan and form dough around the pan.
Spread desired sauce and toppings over dough leaving the outer 1/2 inch bare.
Bake about 15 minutes then turn oven down to 350 for another 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden.
Serves 8 slices..