I like AllRecipes.com - I find good things there sometimes. This is an instance where I found something awesome on AllRecipes.com. I am always on the hunt for an awesome pizza dough recipe. I love the recipes I make, but I always love to try new ones. It's just like how I love to go to different pizza restaurants to try different pizzas.
My first hint that this was going to make for some awesome pizza was that over 2000 people rated this recipe. Seriously. That's a lot in my book. Over 37,000 people favorited this recipe. That's pretty awe-inspiring. Given that I have a stand mixer, this recipe was very easy to put together, but even if you don't have a stand mixer, you should be able to accomplish this recipe using a big bowl and a strong wooden spoon (and the necessary elbow grease to go with it).
My second hint was how amazing the house smelled while the dough rose. I love the smell of yeasty bread doughs. There's something so homey about that smell. It just makes you feel good. This dough was no exception - the only problem was that it smelled even better while it was baking. So good that when it came out and I put it on the table, I burned my mouth a little, so excited to try it. It was worth the pain. Really. I will definitely make this pizza crust again. Soon.
Signature Pizza Crust from All Recipes
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 envelope)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (~110 degrees)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large bowl (preferably your mixing bowl for your stand mixer), dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the warm water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in the flour using the dough hook attachment for your stand mixer.
3. Turn the dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour (if needed) until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until doubled - this will take at least one hour, sometimes more depending on how humid and warm your kitchen is. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball with the dough. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it. Personally, I split my pizza dough in half and rolled it out, then gently placed it into two 9-inch cake pans that I doused with olive oil. Make sure to place your baking pans on the lowest shelf in your oven to ensure that the crust fully bakes. This recipe makes an awesome pan pizza crust.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are fully browned.