Yum! This recipe is from Betty Crocker's Big Red Cookbook; the greatest cookbook ever, in my opinion! Our favorite basic pizza is, of course, pepperoni. My personal fave is Honey Mustard Chicken pizza, made with homemade honey mustard. Zac made a Hot Wing pizza last time and loved it, but he also likes my Barbecue Chicken pizza. You really can't go wrong here....
2 1/2 - 3 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) quick/rapid-rise yeast
3 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
1 cup warm water (120°-130°)
Mix 1 cup of flour, the sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add oil and warm water. Beat with mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently.
Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is soft and leaves sides of bowl. Knead (by hand or dough hook) for 5-8 minutes, till dough is soft and springy.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest/rise for 30 minutes. Pat into pans to form two crusts, thick or thin.
THIN CRUST: After shaping, pre-bake crust at 425° for 7-8 minutes. Top as desired and bake at 425° for 8-10 minutes, till cheese is browned.
THICK CRUST: After shaping, pre-bake crust at 375° on lower rack for 20-22 minutes. Top as desired and bake at 375° for about 20 minutes, till cheese is browned.