Quick and Easy Pizza

(This is a good recipe from an old friend.  I’ve copied his recipe here. I’ve tried it, with good results. – delectablejen)

Recipe: Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

A cousin passed on this simple pizza crust recipe which I just cooked last night. It was easy and made a really nice, light crust. Click on the title above to get to the original allrecipes.com recipe page.

1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast
1 tsp white sugar
1 c. warm water (110 degrees F)
2.5 c. bread flour (all purpose works fine too)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 450. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in flour, salt and olive oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or cookie sheet dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

My cousins comments:

Those are the real instructions… some things I’ve learned: Roll the dough out on the surface that you want to cook it on (don’t try to transfer it). I use a pizza stone, usually (if you use a pizza stone, flour or cornmeal it – the dough will stick). But when I don’t want to use the big oven, I just pat it out on a piece of parchment paper and lay that directly on the rack of the toaster/ convection oven. Which brings me to – you can use this to make one big pizza or two little pizzas. We like the little ones because they fit in the smaller oven. The dough is super sticky, so I roll it around on the floured surface so that you don’t get it all over your hands, and then once you are ready to shape it – put a little olive oil on your hands – it makes it a lot easier. Also, I have let it rise longer than 5 minutes. I think up to about 30 minutes or so is OK.


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