Our family tradition is to eat pizza on Friday nights. We used to get a takeout pizza until it started to add up and take too much away from our weekly grocery budget.
Now, I make this crust every single week for our homemade pizza. We can control the ingredients that go into the pizza as well as have a healthy, easy, and inexpensive meal that our whole family loves.
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or one packet)
1 cup warm water (around 110 degrees)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 – 3 cups bread flour
In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add salt, sugar, and olive oil. Wait until you see the yeast foaming/bubbling. Add 2 1/2 cups flour and stir. If it appears wet and doesn’t form a ball, add up to a half cup more flour (3 cups total). Form into a ball. Spray a second bowl with cooking spray and put dough in to rise. Cover with a clean towel.
Let rise for at least 30 minutes. (I have left it anywhere from 30 minutes to 5 hours and it turns out great. The timing is pretty flexible for this recipe.)
When you are ready to make your pizza, punch the dough to deflate. Turn dough out on a cornmeal covered surface. Place on pizza pan and cover with toppings. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!