Original Italian Pizza



Ingredients

1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4-ounce packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Toppings:
sliced tomatoes
sliced buffalo mozzarella or burrata cheese
fresh basil leaves
olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions

Whisk 1 1/3 cups warm water (105 degrees F) and the sugar in a bowl; sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the olive oil.

Whisk the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually stir with a wooden spoon to make a rough dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, dusting with more flour if necessary. Form into 2 balls. Brush 2 large bowls with olive oil, add a ball of dough to each and turn to coat with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Roll out and top as desired, or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze up to 1 month.

When ready to make pizza, flatten dough out into a thin round. Bake on a baking sheet at 450 degrees until browned and a little crisp on the bottom and top of the crust. Top with tomatoes, cheese and basil; drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.