Pizza is a favorite dish of many, but you don’t have to go to the expense of ordering out when you have a craving. Get creative and make it yourself, starting with your own homemade dough. You may be surprised how much cheaper — and tastier — your own pizza can be.
Things You'll Need
In a medium sized bowl pour in the warm water then add the salt and honey. Mix well with a wooden spoon, then add the yeast. Mix well and let stand for approximately 10 minutes.
Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the yeast mixture, then gradually add flour to the oil-yeast mixture, stirring until it comes together as a ball. Put dough on a floured surface and knead, adding small bits of additional flour if the dough is sticky, until it is smooth and elastic, about 5 to 8 minutes.
Coat the bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and return the dough to the bowl, turning once to coat the dough thoroughly. Cover bowl with a clean cloth or plastic wrap, and let dough rise for about an hour or until doubled in size. Punch down, then let rise again. At this point the dough can be used for pizza, or refrigerated overnight to be used the following day. If dough is refrigerated, removed from refrigerator about an hour before you plan to use it, so it can return to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 450 F. Place dough on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle a little bit of flour on top, then shape the dough into a circle by stretching it from the center out. Use a flour dusted rolling pin to to roll the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Place dough on a lightly greased pizza stone or tray. Prick the surface of the dough five or six times with a fork, to let air escape while dough is baking and to avoid air bubbles.
Top pizza dough with pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is turning brown and cheese is melted.
This recipe will make two 14-inch medium thick pizza crusts.
If you want thinner crust pizzas, this recipe will make about three pizzas. Reduce baking time to about 15 to 20 minutes since thinner crust will brown more quickly.
If you desire a deep-dish pizza, use the entire recipe for one large pizza, and increase baking time to about 25 to 30 minutes.