Best Pizza Dough Recipe

I have experimented with homemade pizza dough and I think I have finally found one that pleases the whole family.  It's very easy to make and I know that because if I can do it, it must be easy.

You will need:

2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar

garlic powder
1 tbsp olive oil

Dissolve 1 tsp sugar in 1 cup of warm water.  Add the yeast and set aside until you see the yeast bloom.  Add 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt and half the flour.  Flour measurements are never exact as humidity and temperature will determine how much flour is absorbed by the liquid.  Stir until the flour is mixed in and then add flour until the dough begins to come away from the sides of the bowl.  Turn dough out onto a floured surface for kneading.  Add flour as you knead until dough is no longer sticky but not too dry - it should be tacky.  Form a ball of dough and place in a bowl that you have coated in olive oil.  Turn the dough over so both sides have a thin oil coating.  Cover with a cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.

Use olive oil to coat your pizza pan.  I like to sprinkle corn meal on the pan to give the crust an interesting texture and a little extra flavor.  If you like, you can mix garlic powder and 1 Tbsp olive oil to brush over the top surface of the dough.  This recipe will make approximately two 12 inch round pizzas or one large rectangular pizza (I use a cookie sheet).  Bake the dough for ten minutes at 375 degrees, remove and add toppings.  Return to oven to finish baking the dough and the toppings together.