Pizza Dough

Also known as Easy Pizza Dough

1 pkg regular yeast (1 1/2 tablespoons loose yeast)
1 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil or melted shortening
3 cups sifted flour

Sprinkle yeast on water and let sit for 5 minutes in large bowl. When bubbly, add oil and salt and mix in about half the flour and beat until smooth.

Add remaining flour and mix/knead until smooth and not sticky.

Let rest for approximately 5 minutes to allow dough to relax so it will spread more easily.

This dough will cover a 17 x 11 (jelly-roll) pan. Alternatively, it can be used for two smaller pans, either rectangular or circular. Pat gently to the edges which are slightly thicker to retain filling. Let rise in a warm place until about double in thickness.

Dress the pizza with tomato sauce, spices, an assortment of vegetables, meats, fruits and grated mozzarella cheese according to what your eaters like.

Bake at 450°F. for approximately 25 – 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Wilton Recipe Right Cookie/Jelly Roll Pan, 17-1/4 by 11-1/2-Inch

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