Best Pizza Base

Best Pizza Base

This recipe produces a pizza base that is soft and doughy on the inside and slightly crusty on the outside. Cover it with your favourite sauce and toppings to make a delicious homemade pizza.

Serves: 15 

  • 2¼ teaspoons instant dried yeast
  • ½ teaspoon soft dark brown sugar
  • 375ml (1½ cups) warm water (45 C)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 500g (4 cups) plain flour

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

  1. In a large bowl, 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 mixture. Mix in half of the flour.
  3. Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a damp cloth.
  4. Let the dough rise until double, this should take about 1 hour.
  5. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favourite pizza recipe.
  6. Preheat oven to 220 C. 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 tray, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
  7. Bake pizza in preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese and crust are golden brown.

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