Yield: 2 pizzas
|1 pack||Active dry yeast|
|1 cup||Lukewarm water|
|3 cups||All-purpose flour|
|¼ cup||Olive oil|
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water.
Let rest until foamy, about 15 minutes. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture. Make a well in the flour and add the yeast mixture; stir to combine. Add extra flour if the dough seems too sticky. Knead on a floured board or countertop until smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed. This should take about 5 minutes.
Pat the dough into a ball, then put it into a large bowl and set it in a warm place (near the oven), covered with a clean towel. Let the dough rise for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in bulk.
Punch down the dough. Divide into two equal portions. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface into a 12" circle. Sprinkle a bit of cornmeal onto a pizza paddle or a dark, heavy metal pan and put the dough on the paddle or pan. MAKES ENOUGH CRUST FOR 2 MEDIUM PIZZAS, 8 SLICES EACH.
NOTE: The uncooked dough may be refrigerate overnight before proceeding with the pizza recipe, or kept frozen for as long as 1 month.