Who doesn’t like pizza? Seriously I have never met anyone who doesn’t like a slice of heavenly pizza!
This recipe is so fast that it can even be made on an evening after work as there is only 15 minutes rising time. So if you get home on a Friday and are craving pizzas don’t reach for the phone to dial for one, mix a batch of this instead.
Preheat oven to 400 F
Place your pizza pan in the oven to heat – though a bit tricky to transfer it does speed up the cooking process.
In a small bowl mix warm water and yeast and let sit 5 minutes until yeast proofs.
Once the yeast has proofed add the full mixture to 2 ½ cups flour in a large bowl and mix well. This can be done in a mixer or by hand. Add additional 2 ½ cups flour, olive oil and salt, knead until smooth. Cover bowl with saran wrap. Let dough rest in a ball for 10 to 20 minutes.
Remove dough from bowl and add more flour as needed (a little at a time) to alleviate the stickiness of the dough if needed.
If you like a thicker pizza split the dough in half, if you like a thinner crust split in 4 and roll each ball of dough flat to the size of your pan. On the base of your pizza dust some polenta this helps prevent it sticking to the pan.
Now comes the fun part! Top your pizza dough however you would like. We used some of our basic tomato sauce and lots of grated cheese, mozzarella, pre-cooked mushrooms and prosciutto ham. Be sure and leave a ¾-inch space on the edge for crust.
Carefully place your pizza on in the hot pan – we used a flat metal kitchen tool to help transfer the pizza.
Cook for 15 -20 mins depending on the thickness.
Serve immediately……so so tasty!