Basic No-Knead Pizza Dough (low sodium)

Mmmmm, pizza. Here is an easy basic recipe for a 14” pizza crust that you can make in one bowl without kneading. It turns out just right for toddlers: neither too deep nor too crisp to bite into. If you prefer a thin and crispy pizza, oil the pan well underneath.

You can use this basic dough to make Mini Pizzas from leftover cheese dip.

1 tsp sugar
1 pkg yeast
3/4 cups lukewarm water

1 1/2 cups flour (unbleached or whole wheat)
1/2 tsp garlic powder

olive oil

In two-cup measure, dissolve the sugar and yeast in lukewarm water.

Meanwhile, mix flour and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. After ten minutes, the yeast mixture should be frothy. Pour it over the flour and mix with a plastic spoon until all the flour is mixed in and it is a soft dough. Try to mix in all the flour from the sides of the bowl.  Pick up the dough. Pour about a teaspoon of olive oil into the bowl. Spin the dough in the oil until it is coated, and flip the dough over, oil-side up. This will keep the dough from drying out while it rests.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.  Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the center of the pizza pan. Spread it around on the pan a bit with your hands. Pick up the dough ball, keeping it oil-side-up, and smash it with your hands into the pan. There should be oil under the dough to keep it from sticking, and a little on top (from your hands and from the bowl) to keep it from drying out.

Preheat oven to 400F, giving dough time to rise. After at least 10 minutes’ rest, top dough with sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings you wish. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is slightly brown underneath.  

[You can speed the process up by mixing everything together in a bowl off the bat. Be careful to mix the dry ingredients well and add the water last.]

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