Simple Pizza Dough

pizzaI decided it was time to share my first ever non-dessert post (maybe the first of many) on The Sweet Obsessions!  Pizza is an obsession too, so why not!  And it’s also proof that I do cook..LOL!
Unfortunately, I only have this photo of my first homemade pizza I made in forever.  I had it planned when I got word that there was a possibility that my niece was coming to town, so I thought about making a real simple dinner.  She couldn’t make it, but since the husband has Fridays off now (lucky him!) and the weather was turning sour I decided to make the pizza then.
I used two types of cheese, mozzarella and provolone, along with a jar of tomato, basil and garlic sauce, sliced green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and some pepperoni.  The dough is a simple pizza dough that my mother used all the time.  While spreading the dough out on the pizza stone I come to the conclusion that there was no need for this pizza to be perfectly round.  Mom used to complain while making a perfectly round pizza when the dough would get too thin from spreading and then holes appear.  I didn’t bother making this pizza perfectly round, and there is only the three of us anyway.  I threw on the toppings, placed it in a 375-degree oven for 25 minutes and viola!
After buying a lot of store-bought pizza or at the local pizza joints, fresh homemade pizza is definitely best, hands down!  Top it how you want, as much as you want!  I think I’ll make this again for game day this coming weekend!

Simple Pizza Dough

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package of dry yeast
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
• Preheat oven to 375-degrees.  Spray round pizza pan or pizza stone with cooking spray.
• In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients until well mixed.
• Add liquids, and with fingers (spray them with cooking spray or rub flour on them to prevent the dough from sticking to you!) knead until dough forms.*
• Spread the dough out with your fingers to your desired thickness.
• Add your toppings.  Begin with your favorite tomato sauce.  Be sure to not spread sauce all the way to the edge.   If using more than 1 type of cheese, top with first cheese, then add toppings, and then place your second cheese over top of the toppings.
• Bake 22-25 minutes until crust begins to become golden.
*Note: If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, just use your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment!

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