Easy and quick homemade pizza recipe

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This recipe makes a terrific "do-it-yourself-party." All you vày is make this simple dough và provide plenty of toppings và grated cheese; your guests will have fun doing the rest. This recipe makes three or four 12" pizzas (depending on how thick you lượt thích the crust). For a larger party, you can easily double it.

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2 cups (454g) water, lukewarm 1 tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar 1 tablespoon (18g) salt 2 tablespoons (25g) olive oil, optional
Dissolve the sugar, yeast, và salt in the lukewarm water (and olive oil, if you"re using it).

Add the flour & Pizza Dough Flavor, starting with 5 50% cups (660g) flour và adding more as necessary lớn make a soft, smooth dough.

Knead the dough (with your hands, a mixer, or your bread machine mix on the dough cycle) until it"s smooth & elastic, about 7 lớn 10 minutes.

Gently deflate the dough, và divide it into four pieces, for medium-crust pizza; or three pieces, for thicker crusts. Use a rolling pin lớn roll each piece, on a lightly greased surface, into a circle to fit a 12" pizza pan. Let the dough rest several times khổng lồ relax it và make it more cooperative. If you prefer a more artisan look to your crust, with scattered random air pockets throughout, hand-stretch the dough to lớn size. Again, letting it rest periodically makes the job easier.

Place the rounds on pizza pans; on baking sheets; or, if you have a pizza stone in your oven, on parchment.

Preheat your oven to 450°F. While it"s heating, get out your toppings, which you"ve prepared ahead. Some possibilities include sliced pepperoni; sautéed mushrooms, onions, or peppers; cooked meats; olives; anchovies; và grated or shredded cheese.

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Brush each crust with a bit of olive oil; spread pizza or spaghetti sauce lightly over the surface, và let your guests showroom their favorite toppings. Sprinkle the đứng đầu with grated cheese.

Bake the pizzas for 15 to đôi mươi minutes, until they"re golden brown, the toppings are hot & bubbly, và the cheese is melted. Remove the pizzas from the oven.

Immediately transfer pizzas to a cooling rack, so their bottoms don"t get soggy. After about 10 minutes (to allow the toppings lớn set), slice & serve; a pair of scissors is a great cutting tool.


Tips from our Bakers

Want to lớn experiment with different cheeses beyond the standard mozzarella? Choose those that melt well: Fontina, cheddar, Jack, provolone, brick, Gouda, và Muenster are all good candidates.


To add flexibility to your schedule, let the dough rise once at room temperature, gently deflate it, then cover và put in the fridge overnight. Next day, remove the dough from the fridge và stretch it into its pan. Let it rest và warm up until slightly puffy, then proceed with the recipe as written.


To freeze partially baked pizza crust: Bake the crust on the lower oven rack until it looks & feels set & is just beginning khổng lồ brown around the edge of the crust, but is still pale on top. This will take about 8 minutes for thin-crust pizza; about 10 lớn 12 minutes for medium thickness; và 12 to 14 minutes for thick-crust pizza. Remove from the oven, cool to lớn room temperature, wrap well, & freeze for up khổng lồ 3 months. When you"re ready khổng lồ bake pizza, remove the crust from the freezer and allow it khổng lồ thaw, loosely wrapped, at room temperature. Top và bake in a preheated 450°F oven until the crust is golden brown & the toppings fully cooked.