Basic Pizza Dough
Makes 1 Pizza
1/2 Cup lukewarm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried active yeast
1 Cup plain flour (wholemeal flour works well too)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
1. Combine the water and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and leave for about 15 minutes to activate the yeast. Activated yeast will look like this:
3. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times and shape into a ball. Return to the bowl, cover with cling film or a tea-towel. Set aside for a while, in a warm environment, until the dough has doubled in size. I usually do this a few hours in advance and just leave it.
4. Roll out on a floured surface to form a pizza base. Prick the base with a fork at a couple of different locations. Add desired toppings and bake at 200°C for about 15 minutes.
Tip: Pizza base will cook better if it's on a vented tray, like a pizza baking tray with holes in the base.