Pizza Crusts is one of those things I've struggled with as a bread maker. I have no idea why. That and Artisan Bread. White Bread, Wheat Bread, Rolls, Buttery Soft Pretzels, you can see, yeast and I are friends. But I've tried tons of pizza dough recipes and just never been happy with the end result.
Then a few months back, I saw some chat about a new Pizza Crust yeast. I was jealous. Here's this cool new yeast and everyone is making pizza with it while I sit at home sulking because I know it won't be available around here for months. One of the down falls of living in small town and rural. Specialty products take their sweet time getting here. I squealed when I finally saw it at the store. And I bought a ton of it.
This photo is actually from my second buying spree. I tell you for a baker, this stuff is gold. And so easy to work with. You can use a mixer or just combine by hand. I even took all the ingredients with us on our beach vacation and made fresh pizzas while there. I sent the leftover yeast home with my step daughter so she could start making pizza too.
Fast Pizza Dough
1 3/4 -2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 envelope pizza yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup very warm water
3 tablespoons olive oil
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir with a fork, just to combine. Add water and oil, Mix until well blended, it will remind you of watery school paste.
Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. It will still be sticky. Knead dough with any remaining flour for about 5 minutes, working the dough back and forth.
Let dough rest for a minute while you prepare your baking sheet. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of oil to grease your baking sheet.
Now just start stretching your dough to fit your baking sheet. I use both hands with the dough hanging and work around the edges stretching, then when the dough is almost to the size of the baking sheet, I lay it out and finish shaping on the sheet.
It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be round. Now just start adding your sauce and toppings. Looking for a good sauce? This is the one we're using, Homemade Pizza Sauce.
Cheese, pepperoni, more cheese.
Bake in a preheated 425 oven for 12-15 minutes. Slice and enjoy.
Just look at that perfect crust.
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