Making this easy pizza dough recipe is fun, especially if you haven't done it before! Follow my steps and it won't seem like a daunting task.
I won't pretend that it always comes out right the first time, but practice makes perfect! Just take your time and don't skip anything.
So roll up your sleeves and get ready for some fun.
The best part is, after all the work you get to eat the result!
Including the rising time, it will take an hour and a half to two hours from start to finish before you can begin adding toppings.
Makes 1 large pizza dough
Serves 4 - 6
Warm a medium mixing bowl by running it under hot water upside down. Place the yeast in the bowl and pour the warm water over it. Stir in the sugar, mixing with a fork and let stand until the yeast is dissolved and begins to foam (about 5-10 minutes).
Using a wooden spoon, mix in the salt and about one-third of the flour. Once combined, mix in another third of the flour, stirring until the dough forms a mass and starts to pull away from the bowl.
Sprinkle some of the remaining flour onto your work surface. Take the dough and begin to kneed it, adding the rest of the flour a little bit at a time.
You will have to knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes.
The dough should become elastic and smooth. Shape into a ball.
Lightly oil another mixing bowl. Put your dough into the bowl. Dampen and wring out a dish towel. Then stretch the moistened towel over the top of the bowl.
Leave the bowl to stand in a warm place until the pizza dough has doubled in volume.
My grandmother used to wrap the entire ensemble in a blanket - this might work for you!
Usually it takes around 40-50+ minutes. To test if the dough has risen enough, poke it with two fingers. If you leave indentations, it is ready! Punch the dough with your fist to release any air. Knead it for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Divide into how many pizzas you wish to make. Two medium balls makes two medium, four small balls makes four individual. Or leave as one large ball to make one large pizza.
Lightly oil or spray the pan you intend to use for your pizza. You may initially roll the ball out on a flat surface with a rolling pin, or just press the dough out onto your pan, spinning it as you push down to get an even thickness.
Leave the edges of your dough a little bit thicker, to create a nice crust when it is through cooking. Now you are ready to add the toppings to your delicious pizza!