Pizza dough

Homemade pizza is a favourite in our house, especially on a Friday night when normal food just doesn't cut it.

This is the easiest pizza dough I've ever made.  I used to mix the yeast and water till it frothed, now I just bung all the ingredients in the KitchenAid and it turns out exactly the same.  If you don't have a KitchenAid or mixer then you can knead it by hand and work those arm muscles.

The recipe makes enough for four pizzas so if you don't need four then you can pop the un-used portions in the freezer for later.  So easy.  You can also use this dough to make foccacia and other breads.

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Pizza dough

500g (3 1/3 cups) "00" flour *
1 sachet (7g) of dry yeast
1 teasp sugar
2 teasp salt
1 cup (250ml) lukewarm water
2 tablesp (40ml) olive oil

* "00" flour can be found in most supermarkets and it's great for pizza or dough making.  You can use plain (all-purpose) flour if you like but you may need to add some extra flour/water if the dough is too sticky/dry.

If you have a KichenAid/mixer: place all the ingredients in the bowl, attach the dough hook, and mix on low speed for 8 minutes.  Cover with a teatowel and leave on the bench for 40-60 mins till doubled in size.

If you want to mix by hand: place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a metal spoon till all incorporated.  Tip out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 7-8 minutes.  Place in a bowl, cover with a teatowel and leave on the bench for 40-60 mins till doubled in size.

To freeze: Punch the dough down then divide into four portions.  Place each portion in a small ziplock bag or freezer bag and store in the freezer.

To defrost: Remove the frozen dough from the plastic bag and place on a plate.  Cover with a teatowel and leave for a few hours while it defrosts and puffs up again.

To cook: Preheat oven to 240C/450F.  Dust the benchtop with flour and roll the dough in the flour.  Use a rolling pin to roll it out to form the pizza base then place on a tray.  Top the pizza base with  pizza sauce and your favourite toppings and cheese.  Bake for 12-15 mins or until cooked.

Makes: 4 medium-size pizza bases