1 package instant yeast or 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Olive oil
In a small bowl, place 1/2 cup warm (107 degrees) water, sugar and yeast. Stir until dissolved. Let proof 15 minutes. In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, olive oil, yeast mixture and another 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well. Form dough into ball. Grease another mixing or glass bowl. Add dough. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Let rise 1 1/2 hours. After first rise, punch dough down. Cover as before and let rise again for 1 hour. Dough is ready to be shaped, formed and used.
Now that you have dough, you can experience pizza or Foccacia Bread from different parts of America. Chicago style pizza boasts a deep-dish style where the sauce is added last. New York has a thin crust pizza. Southern states have a pulled-pork barbeque pizza. California pizzas are a little exotic with mushrooms, salmon and pesto. The choices are endless.
You can use a bread machine to knead and rise the dough in. Just follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for dough making procedures.