Mmmm, there is something wonderfully, satisfying about making homemade pizzas. You decide what ingredients you include on your pizzas, tailoring them to your own tastes.
1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoon out of a jar, it’s much cheaper)
1-1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3-1/2 cups bread flour (You can use regular white flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons white sugar
In my KitchenAid Mixing Bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Just sprinkle on yeast and let sit for 10 minutes. At the end of ten minutes, stir any undissolved yeast.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Using the paddle on mixer (Kitchen Aid), mix in olive oil, flour,salt and sugar on low speed for about a minute. Remove the mixing paddle and replace with a dough hook, Knead using the mixer on medium.. It takes awhile about 10 minutes. Add in a very small amount of flour until it reaches a pizza an elastic appearance and becomes stiff.
Turn off oven!
Turn the dough out into an olive oiled, oven proof bowl. Oil a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Let the dough rise in warm but off oven, until doubled in volume, about 30-40 minutes.
If you are choosing to freeze the dough, let it rise and then freeze. Thaws it out when you wish to use it. Punch it down if it has raised and roll out the dough.
Olive oil your round pizza pans, really well before you place your rolled dough onto them. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Divide the dough into 3 even balls of dough for 3-round, thin crust pizzas. (They still puffed up a little during cooking). Form dough into a round shape and roll out into a pizza crust shape.
Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in a 425 degree preheated oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.