Easy Pizza Dough

vegetable pizza on a wooden peel

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water 

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and dusting your work surfaces

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon oregano or Orietta's Sicilian Seasoning

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, be sure it's in the oven before turning it on. This prevents it from cracking. If you are not using a pizza stone, you can use a cookie sheet. See the directions below.

  2. Pour the warm water into a large bowl. Add the yeast and let it sit for about a minute until it's looking a little foamy.

  3. Add the flour, honey, and olive oil. Stir to combine. I use a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon.

  4. Put flour on a clean work surface and dump the dough onto it. Knead the dough for about 4 minutes, incorporating any dry bits that weren't mixed in the bowl.

  5. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. If the bowl is dirty, that’s okay. Put the bowl on top of the stove. The heat from the oven will make the dough more pliable. Let it sit for 10 - 20 minutes.

  6. While you wait for the dough, prepare your pizza toppings. Grate your cheese, sliced onions, and peppers, etc.

  7. If you have a pizza peel, rub it with flour and dust it with cornmeal. This prevents sticking. If you do not have a pizza peel, you can use a wooden cutting board or a cookie sheet.

  8. Divide the dough in half (flour-covered hands help) and stretch it carefully into a circle. I like a thinner crust, so I leave a slight lip around the edge of my circle, and I stretch it pretty thin, but this is all about preference. Note: thicker dough will take a little longer to cook.

  9. Place your circle on the pizza peel/cutting board/cookie sheet that you set up and add your toppings.

  10.  If you are using the cookie sheet, place it in the oven on the middle rack and bake it for 10 minutes.

  11.  If you heated a pizza stone in the oven, carefully slide your pizza off the peel or cutting board and onto the stone. Bake it for 10 - 17 minutes, more if you opted for a thicker crust, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.