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Sicily is world renowned for its excellent pizzas and, with the following recipe, you can learn how to make pizza dough the authentic way. This Sicilian pizza dough recipe contains yeast, flour, water, oil, sugar and salt and needs to double in size so begin making it a while before you are ready to bake the pizza.
For the best pizza topping, slice your ingredients finely. A good topping for this pizza crust would be garlic, fresh spinach, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, mushrooms, Parmesan, feta, and mozzarella. Then you can drizzle some olive oil on the top and add salt and pepper before baking.
2 packages dry yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
4 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
Coat a bowl with a teaspoon of the oil and set it aside.
Stir the water, sugar, and yeast together and sit for 10 minutes. Put 3 cups of the flour in a large bowl and add the salt.
Spread the rest of the flour over a board. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture, and then add this to the bowl of flour. Stir until well mixed then turn out on to the floured board.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Knead the dough well until you have a smooth ball of dough.
Place it in the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and then a towel and let it sit for 30 minutes or until the dough has at least doubled in size.
Use half the dough to make a pizza crust, brush the edges with olive oil, and add your choice of toppings.
Bake on a ceramic tile or pizza stone for 15 minutes.
(Makes 2 Pizzas)