We have lived here for more than a year, but we still haven’t found a place with pizza we love. Sure, there are a few places we like. But nothing amazing.
I don’t have a pizza stone, so that may be why the crust was not as crispy and blistery as I would have liked. But it was really good anyway. The second day, I added some oregano and parmesan to the crust and moved the oven rack to the very bottom. That gave the crust a little more flavor and made it crispier.
Margherita pizza (serves 2 or 3 people)
Dough (from yeast packet)
1 3/4 to 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 packet Fleischmann’s pizza crust yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup very warm tap water (120 to 130 degrees)
3-4 tablespoons olive oil**
Put oven rack at bottom. Heat oven to 500 degrees (or as high as it will go).
Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and 3 tablespoons oil. Mix together until well blended, about 1 minute.
Gradually add 1/2 cup flour until soft dough is formed (I needed to add a little more oil and warm water at this point). Dough will be slightly sticky. If necessary, add more flour to form a dough ball.
Knead dough on a floured surface (adding more flour, if needed), until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes*. Press down in greased pizza pan (with floured hands) or roll out into 12-inch circle and transfer to pan.
Top with pizza sauce, cheese and basil leaves.
Bake on bottom oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.
*If the dough is being annoying, just let it sit for a few minutes.
**I am pretty sure you are supposed to use normal cooking oil, but I feel like olive oil makes more sense for pizza. I used it both times and it was really good.