Awesomely Amazing Pizza

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This is definitely a favorite in my house and although pizza from scratch sounds like a daunting task it is in fact quite simple. In this Instructable I'll show you how to make your own dough and sauce completely from scratch to create a deliciously satisfying household hit. This recipe feeds about 4 people and makes 2 medium sized pizzas.
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Step 1: The Dough

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3 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour  (460 grams)
2 Teaspoons Instant Yeast
2 Teaspoons Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 1/3 Cups Water (room temperature)
Olive Oil

Stand Mixer (optional)
*Scale (optional)
Measuring Spoons

*The scale is how I always measure flour in any dough recipe but is not absolutely necessary.

Combine the flour, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer, or a regular bowl if mixing by hand (using the hand mixing method reserve a quarter cup of the flour), and give a quick whisk. Add the salt and water and turn the mixer on low until the dough starts to come together then turn it to medium  (#4 on a Kitchen Aid) for about 2 minutes. The dough should be tacky but not sticking to your finger. If it is sticky add a bit of flour and mix for another minute or so (this applies to the mixer as well as the hand method).

Step 2:

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Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface for shaping. You want to cup the dough lightly in your fingers and work around in circles until it forms a nice tight ball this should only take a minute or two. Pour some olive oil in a clean bowl and roll the dough in it to coat. Cover the bowl with the dough in it, place in a warm place and let it rise until doubled in size. This should take about 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours.
Mr. Jake2 years ago
That looks really good! Is your crust as fluffy as it looks? I love it when it's light and fluffy like in restaurant pizza crust, but its been hard to find a good recipe
jeffrey4283 (author)  Mr. Jake2 years ago
Thanks! I'd say its in between dense and fluffy. If you want a really light crust you can stretch it out on the pan a bit more and then let it rise there for 10-20 minutes. That will give you a light and fluffy crust.
I'll have to try that!
Just tried the recipe and the crust was perfect! Exactly what I've been looking for. My family has pretty high standards when it comes to pizza, and they made this disappear very quickly :) You got my vote.
jeffrey4283 (author)  Mr. Jake2 years ago
Thanks. I'm glad to hear they liked it.
mistyp2 years ago
I'm really excited to see the sauce recipe--thanks for posting it. Do the crushed tomatoes separate enough to make something spreadable?
jeffrey4283 (author)  mistyp2 years ago
I'm now sure what you mean by spreadable. They're basically a chunky sauce by themselves and they spread on the pizza nicely. If you wanted something smoother and a little thinner you could always put it in a food processor.