How to Make Pizza Crust
A lot of people want to know how to make pizza crust. The good news is it's very easy. I'll show you how.
The first thing you'll need is a recipe. They are very easy to find on the Internet. Look for a simple one with the most often used ingredients: flour, water, salt, oil and yeast. That's all you really need to make a great pizza crust.
Measure out all your ingredients beforehand and set them aside. This makes the process so much smoother rather than having to stop and start during the mixing procedure.
Add all the dry ingredients to a medium size bowl and mix them together really well. Next add the water which should be at or near a temperature of 105 degrees, the optimum for the yeast to do its thing.
Using a heavy spoon or other kitchen utensil, begin to stir the ingredients together. It will get stiff rather fast, but just keep turning the mixture until a ragged ball of dough forms. Add the oil and continue until all ingredients have been incorporated.
Kneading the dough comes next. Turn out the dough ball onto a floured work surface. Add a little flour to the ball and to your hands to prevent sticking. You'll likely need more during the kneading process, so just put a c cup of so in a little dish near the work area.
Kneading is very simple. Just push down and away, flattening the dough as you work. Next fold the dough over itself and rotate 90 degrees. Push down and away again, fold and turn. Repeat this process for about 5 minutes or until the ball of dough takes on a smooth shine and is very elastic when you pull it apart.
Now comes the hardest part of how to make pizza crust, waiting. Put the kneaded dough ball into aniled bowl, move it around to coat the surface and cover with plastic wrap. Set it in a warm (not hot) place for about two hours or until it doubles in size. You may spend some of this wait time preparing the toppings for your pizza.
Once risen, turn the dough out onto a floured surface again and flatten and shape it some with your hands. Begin rolling it out with a rolling pin until you get the thickness you want. Many people prefer a 1/8 "thickness.
When it's even rolled out, carefully transfer to your baking pan. Trim, cut and pull the dough as necessary to fit the pan. Make a crust of dough around the edge if you like. It's a matter of taste.
Remember a short time ago when you asked how to make pizza crust? Now you know! You just did it!