This dough recipe was found on allrecipes.com, but I am adding a couple touches to what I found works best for the dough.
2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg (beaten)
1. In a small bowl, stir yeast and sugar into lukewarm water with a fork. Stir until dissolved. Let mixture sit in a warm place until a creamy layer forms on the top of the water. Should take about 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Once mixed add in the olive oil. When it comes to this part, there are a few ways you can do this:
- Mix oil and flour with a whisk until even incorporated - this takes a while, but the dough becomes tough)
- Use a mixer to mix in oil and flour - this will give the dough the texture it needs, but not everyone has a mixer)
- The best option: Mix oil and flour by hand - When mixing oil and flour with hands, you can massage the oil into the flour making sure that all the flour is coated. After a couple minutes of mixing, the flour should feel soft and molds almost like moist sand. Doing this by hand makes the dough smoother and helps make the texture airy and light.
3. After the oil and flour is combined, pour in yeast mixture and add the beaten egg. Mix until everything clumps together and stiffens. On a lightly floured work surface, kneed the dough until it becomes smooth and springy. This takes about 8 minutes or less. Before you place the ball of dough back into the bowl to rise, coat the dough surface with a thin layer of olive oil. Take a sheet of plastic wrap and smear a thin layer of oil on the center and then cover bowl.
4. Set dough aside and let it rise for an hour to an hour and a half and it should double it's size.
5. When dough has risen, place on pizza pan or cookie sheet. DO NOT spray the sheet with cooking spray! Roll out dough to your liking. The more you spread the dough, the thinner the crust will be. Another thing I found helpful was spreading a thin layer of olive oil on the crust before adding the sauce. The oil on the outer end of the crust gives it more crunch and crisp.
Note: If you use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour, dough will be very sticky. You need lots of flour when kneading to prevent it from sticking on work station. The bowl will also need a nice coat of flour or dough will stick when rising.
Elitemama's Easy No-Cook Pizza Sauce
This is my recipe and it's very simple. You can let this sit overnight if you'd like to give the herbs time to marinate in the sauce or you can use it right away. This recipe makes enough sauce to spread on two to three pizzas. Fresh herbs and garlic can be added to the recipe for more delicious flavor, but sometimes dry ingredients are more convenient.
15 oz can of tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Optional: 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together until combined. Once mixed, smear evenly on pizza dough.
Top your pizza with your favorite cheese, veggies and meat and you are all set. Bake pizza at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes depending on stove and how you like your pizza cooked. I'm sure once you make this easy pizza recipe for the first time, you'll be addicted!