How to Make Perfect Pizza at Home (Standard Pizza)
Yield: one 11x15-inch pizza (serves 2)
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¼ tsp granulated sugar
  • 190 g (about 1½ cups) bread flour (or all-purpose, or ½ AP and ½ whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • olive oil
  • cornmeal
  • herbs (optional) - basil, oregano, etc.
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, etc. - a nice mix is good)
  1. Put your warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast on top and then sprinkle the sugar on top of that. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. At the same time, turn your oven on to "warm" or 200°F for 5 minutes and then turn it off.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
  4. When the yeast is done sitting for 5 minutes, add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low with a dough hook until it forms a craggy mass.
  5. Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix again on low speed for another few minutes until the dough comes together in a smooth ball. If it seems too wet or too dry, add a little more water or flour until it reaches the right consistency. It should not stick to your hands.
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and set it aside. Put about 1 tbsp of olive oil in the bowl and swish it around the bottom. Put the dough back in the bowl and turn it a few times to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it in the oven to rise for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick oil or rub it with olive oil. Sprinkle some cornmeal over top and some herbs if you're using them.
  8. When the dough is done rising, use your hands to spread it out into a rectangle on the sheet pan to about 11x15 inches. Meanwhile, turn your oven on to 500°F.
  9. Place the spread-out dough in the oven for 4-6 minutes, or until it just starts to firm up.
  10. Take it out of the oven and then top it with sauce, cheese, or whatever toppings you might be using.
  11. Place it back into the oven to bake for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, broil it if necessary to get the cheese browned and bubbly.
  12. Slide the pizza off of the sheet pan and onto a large cutting board to slice it up. Top with fresh herbs, a balsamic drizzle, nuts, etc. if using.
  13. Enjoy!
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