Classic Pizza Dough

Pizza is one of my favorite food, and I have enjoyed making homemade pizzas for years with this pizza dough. Nothing is more fun than inviting over a few couples, having them bring some toppings, then bellying up to the pizza-making bar.

1 cup lukewarm water
2 T. olive oil
1 packet dry yeast
3 cups flour (approx.)
2 t. kosher salt
2 T. sugar (my secret ingredient)

In a small bowl, combine the water, olive oil and yeast. Set aside until it looks foamy, about 5-10 minutes.

In an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine flour with the salt and sugar. With the mixer on low speed, pour in the yeast mixture in a slow, steady stream. Let the mixer run on low until the dough comes together.

If needed, add up to a half cup more flour bit by bit until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky. Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead a couple times by hand.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with plastic. Let it rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour, until almost doubled in volume.

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