Incredibly Easy Pizza Dough (or Bread Dough)
(recipe sourced from Poh's Kitchen)
Makes: 4 pizza bases or 2 loaves of bread
600 grams plain white flour (best to use good strong baker's flour - higher in protein)
4 teaspoons dried yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Mix one tablespoon of flour, the sugar and yeast with a couple of tablespoons of tepid water and allow to stand for 20 minutes.
In a large bowl mix flour, one tablespoon of olive oil and salt.
Add yeast mixture and enough water to make up a firm dough and mix well.
Cover bowl with damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for an hour.
Remove dough to a floured workbench and knead for five or six minutes.
Divide dough into 4 and shape onto pizza trays. Top with your favourite toppings and bake.
To make bread:
Divide dough into two, knead each into a loaf shape, put in oiled bread tin, cover with damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for an hour.
Before baking, sprinkle surface of each loaf with flour.
Bake in moderately hot oven (200°C) for about 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and bottom is light brown. Tap the bottom, it should sound hollow.