1cupvegan cheeseor any cheese that melts if not vegan
Homemade Pizza Dough
Take yeast and sugar in a small bowl.
Add 1/2 cup warm water and add to the bowl of yeast and sugar to activate the yeast.
Let it rest for 10 - 15 minutes till there is a foamy layer on top.
This shows yeast has been activated nicely.
Now add flour and salt. Mix the flour and yeast water with a spatula till it is mixed.
If required add a little water slowly gradually till it makes a perfect dough.
Then knead it gently for 3 - 4 minutes.
Now grease the bowl with oil and also rub little oil on the dough.
Cover with a damp cloth or cling wrap and place in a warm place for 1 hour.
Take out once the dough is risen and doubled in size. (*Check out Notes)
Sprinkle some flour on the surface and knead the dough for 1 - 2 minutes.
Pizza dough is ready.
Divide it into equal 4 pieces.
Take 1 portion and cover the rest.
Making pizza crust
Take one portion of the pizza dough and roll into a ball.
With help of a rolling pin make circle of the desired size.
Poke the bread with help of a fork or knife.
Apply the sauce and toppings and cheese.
Bake at high temperature (400 F) for max up to 10 - 15 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the crust.
Proofing the dough in an oven
Heat the oven to 150 F. Turn off the oven. Then place the bowl shield properly inside the oven with the door slightly open. After 20 - 30 minutes, close the door completely. Remove after 60 - 90 minutes when you see the dough is doubled.
Proofing pizza dough overnight
If you are proofing the dough overnight, place the bowl covered properly in the refrigerator for 8 - 10 hours.
Proofing the pizza dough in an Instant pot
Grease the inner pot of the instant pot. Place the dough (tucked in) inside the inner pot. Brush the dough with a little oil. Now close the lid and set the valve to SEALING. Start the instant pot at YOGURT mode for 1 hour. Once it beeps after done, open the valve and the lid. You can see the dough has risen to double size. Remove from the pot and punch it down. Knead for 2 - 3 minutes more on a dusted surface. Then divide it into 4 equal parts or however you want the side of the crust.
Freezing the dough
You can freeze the excess pizza dough. Brush it with oil. Then place it inside a ziplock pouch. It stays good for up to 3 months. To thaw the dough, remove from the freezer and place it inside the refrigerator. When ready to use remove it from the refrigerator and keep it on the countertop for 1 hour before using.