This is my second Italian recipe in a row, so I guess I am craving some sicilian goodness. No Italian collection of recipes would be complete without a great pizza dough recipe. Pizza has to be one of my favorite meals. Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, or Dominos can’t compete with a good homemade pizza. Making pizza can be a great family activity as well. One of my first cooking memories was putting on pizza toppings with my Grandmother. I hope you enjoy!
2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups water (warm)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
Pour the warm water in a large bowl.
Put the yeast and brown sugar in the water and let it dissolve for 10 minutes.
Stir the oil and salt into the newly formed yeast solution.
Mix in the 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour.
On a well floured surface, knead the dough with the remaining flour until no longer sticky.
Once you are done kneading, place the dough in a well oiled bowl.
Cover the bowl with a cloth and let the dough rise for about 1 hour.
If you are baking the pizza dough in an oven on a pan, preheat the oven at 425 degrees.
Cook the pizza dough in a lightly oiled pan for 15 minutes before placing sauce or toppings.
Once you place the toppings, cook until cheese and crust is a golden brown.