Homemade Pizza

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Medium Sized Pizzas

Caroline Williams

Prep time1 1⁄2 hours
Recipe TypePizza
2Packagedry yeast
1Cupwater (warm)
3Tablespoonolive oil

Dissolve yeast in warm water. The water should be really warm - not hot or it will "kill" your yeast.  While the yeast is starting to dissolve, put flour into a large bowl and toss with salt; set aside.  Add sugar to the yeast/water mixture and stir.  Put this wet mix into the flour mixture, then add olive oil.  Mix well until the dough holds together. 

Put a small handful of flour onto a board and turn the dough out and begin to knead it.  You will maybe need to add a little flour as you knead the dough if it is too sticky.  Knead for about 4 or 5 minutes.  Take a clean bowl and pour a little olive oil into it and place your dough ball into the oil and rub it all around, entirely coating the ball of dough with oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and put in a warm place to rise until double.  This step may take an hour or more, depending upon where you put the bowl and how warm it gets.  Remember, heat will halt the action of your yeast so don't get it too hot.  If you leave the bowl in a room of average temperature, it will still rise, only not as fast.

After the dough has risen, divide it into two rounds and roll, spread, or otherwise cajole it into thin rounds, squares, or whatever shape you like, leaving a slightly thicker edge so your topping will not run off.  Scatter some corn meal onto cookie sheets and place the pizza dough on it.  Cover with a towel and let these rise slightly in your warm kitchen (as you preheat your oven to 425 degrees).  The rounds need to sit for at least 20-30 minutes.  After they have risen slightly, put them into the oven for about 5 minutes so they begin to cook.  Remove them and put your prepared topping/s on.  Then bake for another 10 - 15 minutes.  During the last 2 or 3 minutes, I like to slide the pizzas carefully off the cookie sheet and let them get nice and crisp directly on the oven rack.


We like to put on olives, sun dried tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and onions. Make a simple green salad and it makes a delicious meal!