Pizza Margherita

  • Photo and Recipe courtesy of <a href='http://www.bakingbeauty.net' target='_blank'>Baking Beauty</a>, Krystle
  • Yield: 1 pizza

    Ingredients

    Pizza Dough

  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 oz pizza yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 c. warm water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Toppings

  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic, minced
  • 1/3 c. pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil, if desired

    Directions

    Crust

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt together. Stir in 1 cup of the warm water and olive oil. Mix for 1-2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining flour and water, alternating a little at a time. Knead dough on a floured surface for 4-6 minutes or until dough no longer sticks to your fingers. Press and roll into a circle.
  • Toppings

  • In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and minced garlic together. Brush over dough. Spread pizza sauce on top and add mozzarella cheese and tomato slices. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is brown on the edges. Top with freshly ground black pepper and fresh basil.