You could easily make this pizza dough by hand, but I like to do in the Kitchen-Aid. I can let it go and knead the dough while I do other things.
You can also play with the flour and take out some of the white flour and replace it with whole wheat. You can also add some herbs for variation.
*I also make a few batches of this dough and freeze it. I take it out in the morning when I want to make it for dinner and let it thaw on the counter or put it in the fridge the night before. Make sure that it comes to room temperature before you roll it out.*
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- Add the warm water and the yeast to the bowl. Stir gently and let the yeast mixture stand for about 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, the yeast mixture will look like this.
- Add the olive oil.
- Add the salt and the flour.
- Let the mixer knead slowly until the dough comes together.
- I usually let the machine go for about 5 minutes.
- Take it out of the machine.
- Cover the bowl with a towel in a warm place and let it rise until doubled. About an hour or so.
- Turn it out and knead it into the shape of a ball.
- Cover the dough with the same towel or plastic wrap and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. After that, you can roll it out and get it ready to top and bake.