This is the best pizza you will eat. The crust is like a piece of crusty bread and strong enough to hold all your favorite toppings!
You start with the crust. This recipe is for a good sized, thick crust pie. The first thing you do is to bloom the yeast.
Put the water, sugar and yeast in a bowl and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. You'll know it's ready when you see the yeast starting to foam.
Now, add 3 Tablespoons of the oil and the rest of the ingredients and mix until you have a soft dough. Add a little more flour if you need to.
Turn the dough ball out onto a pastry cloth or floured bread board and knead until smooth - about 5 minutes.
Return to an oiled bowl and allow to rise for about 30 minutes. If you don't use instant yeast you will need to let it rise about and hour or two. It needs to double in bulk.
After the rise, put the pizza stone or pan in the oven and preheat to 450°.
Next, drop the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper. Using your fingers, push and press from the center out until the dough is the thickness you like.
Make sure to roll the outer edges a little to form a lip.
Brush the dough with olive oil, putting a little extra around the edges. Spread the sauce and top it with your favorite toppings.
Using a pizza paddle, lift the pizza (still on the parchment paper) and set it on the hot pan in the oven.
Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust, or until the crust is brown on the sides and the bottom and the cheese is melted.
Again, using the paddle, remove the pizza from the oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
Cut it and garnish with your favorites - like parmesan and pepper flakes! Enjoy!