Perfect Pizza Dough

We rarely purchase pizza from the store anymore because we love the taste of this homemade pizza recipe much better and also because store-bought pizzas are expensive and not as healthy. This pizza dough recipe came from my wonderful mother, who is an amazing cook.

Perfect Pizza Dough
1 package fresh yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup cool water
3 cups flour (I like to use bread flour)

Directions:
1. Dissovle yeast in 1/4 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar on top. Let proof 10 minutes.

2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine salt, honey, olive oil and cool water.

3. Place flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Pour honey-water mixture and yeast into well. Slowly incorporate flour into wet ingredients, working outward from the center.

4.When dough is formed, transfer to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth. Place in a buttered bowl; let rest, covered for 30 minutes.

5. Divide dough in four equal parts. Roll into smooth, tight balls. Place on a flat dish, cover with a damp towel. Refrigerate at least for 2 hours. One hour before baking, remove dough from refrigerator.

6. Lightly flour work surface. Flatten each ball of dough into a circle about 6 inches in diameter, making the outer edge thicker than the center. Turn dough over and repeat. Lift the dough and gently stretch the edges. Place on a pizza pan.

7. Top individual pizzas with the desired ingredients which could include the following: tomato paste, basil, mozzarella and other cheeses, skinned tomatoes, olives, thinly sliced onions, mushrooms, green peppers, pineapple, pepperoni, cooked sausage, Canadian bacon, raw shrimp, ham, etc.

8. Bake pizzas at 500 degrees on bottom rack for 10-12 minutes. If you make larger pizzas, then bake for 15-17 minutes.

Note: If you have a pizza stone, then preheat it in the 500 degree oven for 30 minutes prior to baking pizzas. 

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