This is quick and makes a great crust. It's also easily adaptable so if you have an adventurous side add in herbs, spices and other yummy stuff like roasted garlic.
2 tbsp. yellow cornmeal (optional)
2 1/2 c. reg. flour
1 packet (1/4 oz.) dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 c. very warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 tbsp. olive oil
Place a baking sheet on middle rack of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease two 12 inch round pizza pans. Sprinkle each pan with cornmeal, if desired.
Step 1: In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of the flour, yeast and salt until well blended.
Step 2: Add very warm water and olive oil. Mix by hand until almost smooth.
Step 3: Gradually stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups flour to make a firm dough. Cover; let rest for 15 minutes. (At this time I used an additional tbsp of olive oil to coat dough.)
Step. 4: Divide dough in half. With well-floured fingers, press half of dough into each pizza pan. Generously prick dough with fork.
Place one pizza pan on preheated sheet. Pre-bake for 10 to 12 minutes or just until edges of crust begin to turn a light golden brown. Remove from oven. Top with favorite toppings (make sure meats are pre-cooked) and place back in oven until cheese is bubbly. Repeat with second crust.
*Crusts can be combined to make a thicker or “deep dish” crust. Pre-baking may take a little longer.
**This recipe also works great if dough is divided into individual pizzas. No pre-baking necessary but can be done if you like a crispier crust.