{My Favorite Pizza Dough}

We love homemade pizza around here. I like to make a lot of dough at once and just store it in my freezer for a quick and yummy meal. This has become my new favorite dough. I put all the ingredients in my mixer and it turns out perfect every time. I never have to add more flour or water, it just comes together. This batch will make 1 pizza crust or 2 individual crusts.

3/4 cup warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in bowl of a stand mixer. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; mix until dough forms a sticky ball. A add the dough hook and Knead in a mixer for about 3 minutes or until the dough forms a soft ball. Or you could do it by hand on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to prepared bowl, add a drizzle of olive oil and turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. PUNCH down dough. Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Roll out dough according to recipe instructions.

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