Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

-from melskitchencafe.com (side note: Mel has NEVER let me down. I've made a bazillion of her recipes)

-3 cups flour
-1 tablespoon honey, heaping
-1 tablespoon oil, heaping
-1 cup warm water (I was always scared that I'd kill the yeast, but just make it so that it feels like a nice hot bath when you test it on your wrist and you will be just fine. Promise)
-1 tablespoon yeast (this is the same as one small packet. It does not matter if you use instant yeast, or regular yeast. Really.)
-1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Place the flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir the yeast into the hot water in a glass measuring cup or bowl until it dissolves. Add the honey and stir until melted. Add the oil and garlic salt and stir. Pour this mixture into the flour and stir until it comes together into a sticky ball. Turn out onto a floured counter or cutting board and knead for a couple of minutes or until smooth (adding flour as necessary to keep from sticking). At this point you can do one of two things: press this into a sheet pan or pizza pan, or stretch it out on a piece of parchment paper to transfer to a baking stone. I have done both with good results. Most often, I throw my flat rectangular stone in the oven at 425 to preheat while I make the dough. Then, I take a sheet of parchment paper that is about the same size and stretch my pizza dough into a rectangular-ish shape on the parchment, top it, and then carefully transfer the parchment (holding the sides) to the stone in the oven. It is risky, so be careful not to drop it. If you are cool and have a pizza peel, you don't need to mess with the parchment. I do not, and this method works just great for me. I like to live on the edge, but only in the kitchen.  Also, feel free to break up the dough into smaller pizzas and let everyone top their own. I almost always do this for the girls, and make 2 individual cheese pizzas for them. I use the rest of the dough to make a bigger pizza for my husband and I. OK, so now you have great dough (that you didn't even have to let rise!) so you need some sauce. This sauce is fantastic. It comes together so fast, and is so good, that I won't even consider buying pizza sauce again.

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