easy basic pizza dough
As a single, working mom it’s difficult to find the time to make meals from scratch. I get it. I am in the same boat, paddling furiously, just like you. One of the traditions that we have established in our house is that Friday night (typically) is pizza night. We have a great place locally that we go to for our “take and bake” pizza. Out where we live, Domino’s doesn’t deliver and by the time we pick up a pizza in town and drive home – we have cold pizza. I ate enough cold pizza in college, so we opt to take our pizza home and bake it here.
Lately I have been wanting to try my hand at making our own pizza on Friday nights, thus adding an other layer to the tradition. Well, as I said – TRY – that’s the operative word. I don’t know how long it will last, but we’ll give it a shot. So I found a recipe for an easy basic pizza dough, and thought I would share it here.
Easy Basic Pizza Dough
This versatile recipe is great for pizza, pepperoni rolls or breadsticks for dipping.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups very warm water (110˚F)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Add warm water, then yeast and brown sugar to large bowl. Let sit for 10 – 12 minutes.
Add salt and oil to the bowl, then slowly mix in 2 1/2 cups of flour while stirring constantly with a fork.
Empty dough onto a well-floured surface and knead in more flour until it no longer sticks to your hands.
Shape dough into a ball and add to a clean bowl sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover bowl with a towel
and let sit for approximately one hour in a warm place.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 425˚.
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down with your first and reshape into a ball.
After a couple minutes, roll the dough out on a clean, well-floured surface, Place rolled out dough on a pizza pan or
stone and brush edges with olive oil.
Top dough with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese and crust are a nice
Everybody loves pizza! What’s your favorite? In our house, we are partial to cheese, or any kind of pizza with extra cheese!
Share your fave pizza in the comments below – maybe you will inspire someone to create a new favorite.