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