Basic Pizza Dough – Pizza Recipe

  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Dissolve sugar in water. Sprinkle yeast over water mixture; stir to dissolve. Let proof 5 minutes until bubbly.

Put 2 1/2 cups flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Add salt in well. Pour in yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir to form a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour gradually as needed.

Transfer dough to a lightly oiled large bowl, rolling dough to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch dough down with fist.

The dough recipe makes 2 thin crusts or 1 thick crust, depending on preference. Turn dough out onto the lightly floured surface and shape into 1 or 2 balls. Cover with a towel and let rest 15 to 20 minutes. Roll or stretch the dough to a 12-inch diameter and place on Pizzazz® baking pan. Prepare pizza as directed in recipe.

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