We use this pizza dough recipe every time we want a homemade pizza. This is the best Italian pizza dough in my opinion and is easy and simple. It produces great results and we use it for both thin and thick pizza recipes.
In a large bowl dissolve the sugar and salt in the lukewarm water.
Once dissolved, add in the olive oil and yeast and set aside to ferment. This takes about 10 minutes and will begin to bubble letting you know it's ready.
When the yeast has begun to ferment after about 10 minutes, add in the flour 1 cup at a time. The amount of flour is typically 3- 3 1/2 cups.
Knead the dough until a smooth ball can be formed, about 5-8 minutes. If using a Kitchenaid, it would take about 2-3 minutes.
Next, oil a medium sized bowl and place the ball of dough inside the bowl. to the oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm area such as a preheated (and turned off) oven of 170F or a warm area of the house.
Cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm area until double in size. A quick tip is to use your oven as a warm place by preheating it to 170F. Make sure to turn off the oven before placing the dough inside to rise.
Meanwhile, liberally oil your pizza pans.
When dough is ready, press dough in the pan and push up on the sides to form a crust
Top with sauce and your toppings and bake for 15 minutes at 375F on a middle rack
Add cheese and bake for 5-7 minutes more then remove from oven. If dough is not baked enough, cook until the middle of the pizza is not wet. This can sometimes occur when a lot of toppings are used.