Everybody loves pizza and my family loves the taste of home made pizza with what ever fillings. I have made many pizzas and I am always looking for recipes to make different pizza dough. I have a recipe that I use for my pizza base, and I also use to make bread. I am a fan of Giada De Laurentiis and I love this pizza base that she makes, so I am making this pizza base. This is an easy pizza base to make, the longest time is waiting for the dough to rise. But I tell you it is worth the wait.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp active dried yeast
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- extra virgin olive oil
To the warm water, add the yeast and honey. Stir to dissolve. Allow the mixture to sit for 3 minutes to make sure the yeast is alive. It should foam and start to bubble.
Place the flour and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the yeast mixture and mix on low speed until the mixture starts to comes together. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for 8 minutes. The dough should start to pull away from the sides but still remain soft and slightly sticky at the bottom of the bowl. Add an extra tablespoon of flour if needed. Coat your hands in a bit of olive oil and form the dough into a ball. Place the dough in a bowl that is coated in olive oil. Cover with a towel and allow to sit in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Knock down the dough and cut into 4 equal pieces if making small pizzas or simply reform into a ball and allow the dough to proof for an additional 1 hour. The dough is now ready to use.