1 package of yeast or 2 1/4 tsp yeast (I've found buying the whole jar is cheaper in the long run than the packets, but I understand it is a commitment. Start with the packets, if it feels easier.)
First, measure the cup of water and check the temperature with a thermometer. Now, pour out 3/4 cup of the water into your mixing bowl. I use a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Mix your yeast and the 1/2 tsp sugar into the 1/4 cup water, using a whisk and let stand. While its standing, it will get foamy, that is good. You can leave it while you measure the rest of the ingredients into the mixing bowl with the water. Then, pour the yeasty water into the bowl and mix on lowish speed until it has come together into a doughy ball.
Pull the dough out of the bowl and set onto a lightly floured surface. Your dough shouldn't be too dry or too sticky, but right in between. Cover with a towel (My husband uses a napkin and it works too) and let rise for 20 minutes.
Our special pizza pan.
The crust before sauce and toppings.
See the little dollops of sausage?Then toppings. Make sure to spread them around, even up to the edges, and sometimes we put a tad more cheese on top too. A trick with Italian sausage or beef, you can put small dabs of it raw on top of the sauce and cheese and it will cook with the pizza, which makes it very tasty and doesn't dry out the meat. But, make sure they are small dabs and spread out pretty well!
Topping pizza is a great job for kiddos!