- For the pizza dough:
- 1-1/2 cup hot water as hot as you can run it from the tap, but NOT BOILING or you will kill the yeast
- 1-1/2 tsp. dry active yeast
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 3 cups bread flour or all-purpose can be substituted
- non-stick cooking spray
- olive oil
- For the toppings:
- olive oil
- 4 cloves sliced garlic
- 4 roma tomatoes
- 2 cups grated mozzarella
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit for five minutes until yeast blooms.
- Add the olive oil, sugar, and salt to the yeast and stir.
- In a separate, medium bowl, measure out flour and add yeast mixture to it - stir until well combined. (The dough may appear very gooey, but this is completely normal. Don't add flour because it makes for a much more tender dough.)
- Spray a separate bowl with cooking spray and place dough in it - cover and set aside in a warm location for one hour. (Warm location suggestions: above the refrigerator, above the cabinets, or on the stove as it preheats.)
- After dough is done rising, preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll out half of the dough onto a flat surface to about 3/4 inch thick. (Use some extra flour if necessary, to keep from sticking)
- Place rolled out dough onto a pizza stone or pizza pan.
- With a pastry brush, spread a thin layer of olive oil over pizza.
- Thinly slice two garlic cloves and spread evenly over pizza.
- THINLY slice 2 tomatoes (the thinner they are, the less soggy your pizza will be) and spread evenly over pizza.
- In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and spread HALF of it over pizza.
- Slice basil into thin strips and spread evenly over pizza.
- Finish it off with the rest of the cheese mixture.
- Cook in oven on the lowest rack for 11-13 minutes. (Make sure to keep a close eye on it during the last couple minutes so the cheese doesn't burn.)
- Repeat for other half of dough.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe is for 2 pizzas. If you don’t feel up to making two, (which I highly suggest you do, because they’re that good and you’re going to want leftovers) then just half it.
Time to enjoy a taste of traditional Italy. I hope you enjoy this little slice of heaven!
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