I have a friend who swears by her homemade pizza dough recipe…all three rises of it. It’s practically an all day affair to make it, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. While I might spend all day making pizza dough once in a while, the vast majority of the time I just want to get it done. Apparently, so did my mom.
This recipe came out of her archives and, in fact, was labelled “Mom’s Famous Pizza Crust.” It’s fast, easy, and just an all-around good crust. The recipe says it makes two, 12″ round pies but I found that resulted in the crust being too thin. I made one thicker pie, which was plenty for the three of us with a side salad. If you’re feeding more than that, double the recipe. Then, top with your choice of goodies (it’s a hearty crust, so it withstands toppings well), and enjoy!
One-Rise Pizza Dough (courtesy my mom’s recipe collection)
- 2 1/2 to 3 c unsifted flour
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 pkg dry yeast
- 1 c tap water, very hot
- 2 Tbps vegetable or canola oil
- In large bowl mix one cup of flour, sugar, salt, and undissolved yeast, gradually adding hot water and oil.
- Mix or stir balance of flour and knead until smooth (about 10 min).
- Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise until dough is double in size (about 45 min).
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
- After dough has risen, stretch over a 12″ x 18″ greased pan or cookie sheet.
- Cover with toppings of your choice and bake 30 – 40 min.