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Who doesn’t love pizza? And I’ve learned a great and simple way to make it!

This is so easy to make that I’m amazed. I don’t think I’ll ever have pizza out again. Of course it’s all about the dough, and this recipe yields some of the tastiest I’ve had. The toppings are up to you, but a word of caution. Try not to overload your pizza. First off, you’ll have too many tastes competing with each other, and your pizza may collapse in the middle. The one I made today has roasted zucchini, chopped kalamata olives, a bit of garlic, mozzarella cheese and some grated romano. Thats it! The only problem with this pizza is that fact that it’s irresistible!!

Cook time: 12-15  minutes

2 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
a drop of honey
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 1/2-6 cups bread flour or unbleached all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sea salt or two tablespoons kosher salt (kosher salt isn’t as salty as sea or table salt)
mozzarella cheese
your favorite toppings

To Make Pizza:
Sprinkle yeast into a blow of heated water, about 100 degrees. Let the yeast soften for a few minutes, then stir to dissolve completely. Add honey and olive oil, mix to combine. Put flour on a tabletop and make a well, add yeast mixture, salt and combine. Shape into a ball, then place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about one hour.

Pre-heat oven to 550 degrees with a baking stone in it if you have one. It makes for a crispy pizza.

Deflate the dough and turn onto a floured surface. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Form each piece into a loose ball and place on floured parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes. This is a good time to be preparing your items for topping.

Finally, flatten each piece of dough and stretch into 8-10 inch circles, place on a floured baking pan or baking peel.  The edges should be slightly higher than the center. Brush with a little olive oil and add your toppings. Finish with your favorite cheese(s), place in oven and let cook about 12-15 minutes until golden and bubbly. Can also use buffalo mozzarella. Gorgonzola cheese is also great. It all depends on what you like.

As you see, this is a white pizza, no red sauce necessary. Buona Salute!