I have a pizza addiction. It could be from growing up near a predominately Italian town back in Pa. which makes such good pizza, that now tears come to my eyes when I get the opportunity to return home and eat it again. There isnt pizza like it anywhere else Ive ever been. I sometimes will get lazy and buy a store pre-made thin crust, but when I have time I like to make my own. It just reminds me of that crust from home. It isnt hard and once you get it down to a science you’ll like to make your own. Here is a basic recipe that makes 2 – 12inch pizzas.
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup lard or vegetable shortening
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- olive oil
- corn meal
- Preheat your oven too 500 degrees
Whisk the yeast, sugar, water and lard together to make a paste.
- Add the flour and salt and mix, knead well by hand or use a dough hook in your mixing machine.
- Remove from bowl and place in a greased bowl rubbed down with olive oil . Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide dough in half. Roll the dough into balls, cover, and let the dough rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
- The dough is ready to be rolled or shaped into a flat 12 inch wide by 1.2 inch thick pie .
- Sprinkle a little cornmeal on a baking sheet (if you have some, if not spray the sheet with a little cooking spray) and place plain crust in the oven for 5 minutes to become a little firm.
- Take out of oven and sprinkle a little olive oil on the cooled crust and spread all over the topside.
- Add toppings (not too much as the crust gets soggy with too much )
- Bake on a rack in the middle of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or when crust is golden to dark brown.