This is a fairly simple recipe for making a DIY pizza. I sometimes make the dough in the morning and let it rise all day while I am at work or out doing errands. I would recommend at least four hours of rise time, but you can get away with two. The longer it rises, the easier it is to roll out. This recipe is based on having a mixer with a dough hook or a food processor with a dough blade. If you do not have these, you can still make the dough, but you will need to mix it by hand in a large bowl and it will take longer to get to the right consistancy. I like to make a full sized dough for us and then another with half the ingredient for my son to make his own. It is a fun way for the whole family to cook. Enjoy!!
In a mixing bowl or food processor with a dough blade in, place 1 cup of hot water. It needs to be between 105-115 F (40-45 C). I just use tap water that is really hot. Add the 1-1/4 tsp of dry active yeast and 2 tsp of honey. Stir once gently with a spoon. Wait until it starts to form a foamy froth, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Attach the dough hook to the mixer, Turn the mixer on speed 2 or the food processor on low speed. Mix for 3 minutes, pushing some of the flour down into the mix from the sides.
Turn the mixer to speed 3 or the food processor to the next higher speed. Add 1/4 cup of flour and let it mix. Continue to add a 1/4 cup at a time, allowing it time to mix together until it the dough no longer sticks to the bottom or sides of the bowl. This may take several times, and you may think it is done, but it should not stick all all to the bottom.
Remove the dough. Sprinkle some flour on a board or counter. Place the dough in the flour and begin kneading the dough by hand. Fold and press repeatedly until it no longer feels sticky. This should take about 5 minutes. Then form it into a ball.
In a large bowl, place 1 Tsp of olive oil. Roll the dough ball in the olive oil to coat it. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and place in a warm location. Allow it to rise for at least four hours, or all day.
When ready to make the pizza, heat an oven to 500 degrees. (If you happen to have a pizza stone, place it in the oven to preheat). Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board or counter. Remove the saran wrap and press down the dough. Lay the dough on the flour and roll out one side with a rolling pin. Flip it over in the flour and roll out the other side. Keep flipping and rolling until it makes about a 12 inch (30 cm) diameter.
Take some aluminum foil that is enough to fit the pizza and spray it with cooking spray. Place the dough on the aluminum foil. Pour the sauce on the dough and spread it with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle on the cheese and add your toppings. (I recommend sautéing any veggies or precooking any meats first). Use the aluminum foil as a way to carry the pizza and place it on the oven rack or pizza stone. Reduce the heat to 450 degrees and cook for 10-12 minutes or until crust is light brown and cheese is melted.