Before you proceed, we must warn you: learning how easy really good pizza is to make at home can be dangerous because you may want to have it all the time. We love to double this recipe, invite some friends to bring over their favorite toppings, and spend the evening making, and eating, our pizza creations. The D'Olivo Black Pepper Olive Oil adds a lovely hint of pepper to the dough, but we encourage you try out our other flavored oils too.
BLACK PEPPER PIZZA DOUGH
3 1/2 - 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope or 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 F.
2 tablespoons D’Olivo Black Pepper Infused Olive Oil, and more for greasing.
Combine dry ingredients. Add water and D’Olivo Black Pepper Olive Oil, beating until dough forms a ball. If sticky, add flour. If dry, add water.
Scrape dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently into a smooth, firm ball.
Lightly grease a large bowl with D’Olivo Black Pepper Olive Oil and place dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let rise in a warm place until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Once it has risen, turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and divide in half for two 16-inch pizzas. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let dough rest for 10 minutes.
Uncover dough and roll to the desired size and thickness. Place dough on pizza pan, and assemble desired toppings.
Bake pizzas at 475 F for about 10-15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is golden.