Homemade pizza crust is easy to make. Keep kneading.
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour Not all-purpose
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water 105° to 110°
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
Mix the water and yeast together in a bowl. Add the olive oil. Add the flour and salt. Mix.
If the mix is very dry you can add water, one tablespoon at a time.
Lightly flour the countertop. Put the dough on the counter and knead vigorously for about ten minutes. Feel the changes in texture as you go. When you can pull a spot in the dough into a paper thin window without it breaking, it's done.
Put the dough back in the bowl, cover it, and let proof (first rise) until it doubles in size. It could take as much as an hour. Don't rush it.
When the dough has doubled, spread it out on the pizza pan/stone.
This recipe makes two large thin crust pizzas - approximately. Thicker crust, smaller pizza.
Top the pizza the way you like it. Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes. The amount of time needed will depend on how thick or thin the crust is. Add more time as needed.