Homemade Pizza

Crust 1 Pkg. of Dry Yeast or 2 1/2 Teaspoons (Bulk Yeast)
3 1/2 Cups White Flour (Bread Flour is also great)
1/2 Teaspoon of Iodized Salt (I leave this a little scant)
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Cup Warm Water (105 - 115 degrees)

Yields 1 large crust Pizza Ingredient suggestions

½ lb. hot pork sausage
4 oz. pepperoni
1 small can of mushrooms
1 lb. Mozzarella cheese
A light sprinkling of Asiago cheese on top of mozzarella
Green Peppers
Green Chilies or Jalapenos
Black Olives, sliced

Warm the mixing bowl in the oven. Bowl should be warm not hot. Add the yeast and half of the warm water to the warm bowl. Let this stand, 1 minute, so the yeast dissolves. Add the flour, salt and olive oil and mix with heavy-duty electric mixer. While mixing slowly add water until dough forms a ball. Once the dough is combined mix for 4 minutes to knead the dough.

The dough should have a satin appearance when finished kneading.
During the kneading if the dough is too sticky add a tablespoon of
flour or if it is too dry and stiff add a little warm water until you
achieve the desired consistency. Dough should be soft but not sticky.

Cover and let dough rise for 1 hour in a warm, draft free place. (If you are in a hurry, let the dough rise for 10 minutes and then proceed with directions) Preheat oven to 430 degrees.

Punch the dough to deflate, let rest a few minutes then knead dough with hands for a minute. Next, form into crust on a greased pizza pan. Spread prepared pizza sauce on crust. Add ingredients and sprinkle oregano and any other desired herbs. Baste crust edge with olive oil. Bake for 24 minutes.

This crust may also be made with an electric breadmaker. Put ingredients in order in the breadmaker pan. Check your breadmaker's manual for the right cycle on the breadmaker.

Servings: 4 servings
Recipe Difficulty: Normal
Preparation Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 24 Minutes
Country: USA