Easy-peasy pizza dough
4 cups bread or all purpose flour (white)
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
1 packet active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil (any good brand), but extra virgin is best
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar, or 1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup milk or 1/4 cup water
Preheat oven 450°F.
I prefer using milk for the liquid in this recipe. It adds flavor to your dough. But if you don't have it, use water.
Using a large ceramic mixing bowl, or any suitable food safe bowl, add the flour, make a "well" in middle, and put in 1 teaspoon salt, stir to
combine well. Set aside.
Prepare the starter: In a liquid measuring cup pour in 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon sugar or honey, and one package of active
dry yeast. Stir for 30 seconds with a wisk and set aside for 5 minutes. Allow to proof.
Next, mix the starter (yeast water) and the milk in the bowl containing the flour with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir together using a stand mixer, wooden
spoon or clean hands.
Note: You will need additional flour to knead on the surface that you're working on. Knead for about 8 minutes or until you get a smooth elastic
rubbery dough ball.
Set aside in bowl, drizzle with a little olive oil to keep the dough from drying out. Let dough sit covered lightly with plastic wrap or use a plate
or damp clean towel to cover it. Allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes to an hour.
Flatten dough and press out into a circle to fit the pan it will be baked in. Spread it out evenly, don't be afraid to lift underneath to stretch the dough. Sprinkle
baking pan with yellow cornmeal or Farina. If you don't have these on hand you can use flour or simply grease the pan with olive oil.
Bake for about 1214 mins, but watch it! When the bottom looks slightly browned and the pizza looks bubbly, remove from oven.