Basic Pizza Dough

Ok, I know this is going to sound crazy, but I have have been trying to learn how to make a good pizza dough for a long time. The simplest dough seemed imposable to me. It would not rise, it would not come together, it was sticky, it was icky. No matter what it was it surely was not dough. Then came this great recipe. I hope you guys give it a go. It is easy to make and taste great too. Makes 1 pound of dough Total time: 1 3/4 hour

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon sugar 1 packet (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast 2 teaspoons, extra virgin olive oi, plus more for bowl & brushing course salt and ground pepper 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

Directions:

1. Pour 1 cup warm water into a medium bowl; add sugar and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, 5 minutes.

2. Whisk oil and 1 teaspoon salt into yeast mixture. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until liquid is incorporated (dough will appear dry). Turn out onto a floured work surface. Knead until dough comes together in an elastic ball, 2 minutes. Transfer to an oiled medium bowl; bursh lightly with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; set in a warm, draft-free place unitl dough has doubled in bulk, 45 minutes. Punch down dough and cover; let rise another 30 minutes.

3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide into 4 equal pieces. (To store, refrigerate dough pieces, covered up to 2 days, or freeze up to 1 month). Let rest 15 minutes before using.