I apologize for not taking more photos. This was my first go around with making homemade crust, and I was focused on the baking and not on the picture taking. C loved it, so we will be trying again soon, and I promise to update with photos along the way.
1 Tbls. yeast
pinch of sugar
5 cups flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
Put the yeast, lukewarm water, and pinch of sugar in the bowl of your mixer. The water should be warm, but not hot (or else it will kill your yeast)(I used hot water from the tap) I read that the sugar is there to give your yeast a little something to nibble on right away to help give your dough a little extra poof.
Add the flour and the salt.
I used my kitchenaid mixer with its dough hook. Mixing on medium-high until the dough comes together in a sticky ball.
Remove the dough hook and bowl from the mixer. (you will have to, to get the dough off) With your hands, knead the dough a few times right in the bowl until it forms a springy ball.
Cover the bowl with a few paper damp towels. (I used a damp dish towel) & set the bowl in a warm place to rise for an hour, or until it’s about doubled in size. (I just set on the oven as it was pre-heating for another project)
When the dough has doubled in size, "smoosh" (yes that is a technical term) it down with your hands to squeeze some of the air out of it.
Mix the dough on medium speed with the dough hook, While it is mixing, prep your counter top by putting some flour down.Scrape the dough off the dough hook and out of the bowl.
Use your hands to round it up into a ball, & then cut the ball in half. (this recipe makes 2 pizzas) Round each half up into a ball, place on your baking sheet, roll the dough out so that it fills your baking sheet.
While the dough is rising, prep your toppings, so they’re ready to go when your crusts are pre-baked.
About 20 minutes or so before your hour is up, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
When the dough has doubled in size, pop your pans into your preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or so, or until they’re just starting to turn brown at the edges.
Leave your oven on.
We baked for 8 minutes. Then enjoy!