To make the dough, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour
Now it's time to start making the dough.
- Get a big bowl that you'll use for the dough to raise in. Spray this bowl with some PAM to oil it.
- In a small bowl, measure out around 3 cups of flour.
- In a large bowl, put the sugar, olive oil, and yeast.
- Add the hot water to the large bowl.
- Stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
- Add the flour a bit at a time. Use a spoon to mix in the flour.
- When the dough starts to form a ball (usually around the 1 1/2 to 2 cup amount), put the dough on a floured cutting board.
- Knead in some more flour until the dough is forming a nice, non-sticky ball. Usually, I wind up using around 2 1/2 cups of flour.
- Put the dough in the oiled bowl, then flip it so top and bottom are oiled.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then with a small hand towel.
- Put the bowl in a warm place for around 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
You can now start to make the pizza.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray some PAM on a cookie pan or pizza pan.
- Get your dough, and spread it over the pan. Make sure to give the pizza a raised crust.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
- Take the crust out of the oven, and covered with desired pizza toppings and cook for another 15 minutes or so. I usually set the timer for 12 minutes, and check to see if it needs more time.
When I make pizza, I usually make a white pizza. I buy some good mozzarella cheese, and use the slice side of the grater. Sometimes, I'll sprinkle some feta cheese on the top. I spread some cheese on the pizza, then add some sautéed garlic and onions. Then I add some more cheese.
Of course, you can put whatever you want on the pizza: mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh basil, spaghetti sauce, meat, etc. Use your imagination to satisfy your taste buds!