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The Easiest Pizza You'll Ever Make

Author: Brinna Sands

The Easiest Pizza You'll Ever Make Recipe

This recipe makes a terrific "do-it-yourself-party." All you do is make this simple dough and provide plenty of toppings and grated cheese; your guests will have fun doing the rest. This recipe makes three or four 12" pizzas (depending on how thick you like the crust). For a larger party, you can easily double it.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
up to four 12" pizzas
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast or instant yeast; or 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, optional
  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Pizza Flour Blend, enough to make a soft, smooth dough
  • 2 tablespoons Pizza Dough Flavor, optional

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar, yeast, and salt in the lukewarm water (and olive oil, if you're using it).
  2. Add the flour and Pizza Dough Flavor, starting with 5 1/2 cups flour and adding more as necessary to make a soft, smooth dough.
  3. Knead the dough (with your hands, a mixer, or your bread machine set on the dough cycle) until it's smooth and elastic, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or other container, cover it, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, whatever fits your schedule.
  5. Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into four pieces, for medium-crust pizza; or three pieces, for thicker crusts. Roll each piece, on a floured surface, with a floured rolling pin, into a circle to fit a 12" pizza pan. To roll, work from the center to the outside like pie dough. Let the dough rest several times to relax it and make it more cooperative. Turn it over from time to time and roll the reverse side.
  6. Place the rounds on pizza pans; on baking sheets; or, if you have a pizza stone in your oven, on parchment.
  7. Preheat your oven to 450°F. While it's heating, get out your toppings, which you've prepared ahead. Some possibilities include sliced pepperoni; sautéed mushroooms, onions, or peppers; cooked meats; olives; anchovies; and grated or shredded cheese.
  8. Brush each crust with a bit of olive oil; spread pizza or spaghetti sauce lightly over the surface, and let your guests add their favorite toppings. Sprinkle the top with grated cheese.
  9. Bake the pizzas for 15 to 20 minutes, until they're golden brown, the toppings are hot and bubbly, and the cheese is melted. Remove the pizzas from the oven.
  10. Immediately transfer pizzas to a cooling rack, so their bottoms don't get soggy. After about 10 minutes (to allow the toppings to set), slice and serve; a pair of scissors is a great cutting tool.
  11. Yield: 3 or 4 pizzas, 6 to 8 servings.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice
  • Servings Per Batch 32
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 90
  • Calories from Fat 10
  • Total Fat 1g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 270mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.