When I was growing up, my mom always made pizza dough from scratch. I am one of those people who likes to eat even the most plain dough and batter raw, so every time my mom was making pizza dough I would sneak bits out of the bowl and inevitably receive a joking scolding from her. Now that I have my own kitchen, I use this dough all the time for pizza and nibble freely in the process of making it!
1 pkg (or 2 1/4 tsp.) yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup warm water
2 ¼- 2 ½ cups whole wheat or white flour
Makes: 1 pizza or 4 pitas
Step 1: Combine the yeast and warm water in a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir, and let it sit for about 5 minutes, or until it gets foamy.
Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine and knead the dough until just smooth. Be careful not to overwork it or it will be hard to roll out
Step 3: Cover the dough with a warm dish towel and put it in the microwave or unheated oven and let it rise for at least 15 minutes.
Step 4: Roll the dough out on a pizza stone or cookie sheet.
Step 5: Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, add toppings and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes.
Note: if split into 4 pieces and baked this dough can be made into a kind of ‘pita bread’ creation