1 package dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees) 2 1/2 cups bread flour 2 tablespoons olive oil Scant 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon dried basil 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
In bowl of electric mixer, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Allow to stand for several minutes to observe whether yeast is good. If yeast does not bloom in that time, discard and use a different packet.
Add flour, oil, salt, oregano, garlic, onion, basil and marjoram and mix, using regular attachment, for 1 minute (or beat vigorously by hand for 20-30 strokes). Scrape down sides of bowl to gather dough into a ball, and let dough rest in bowl for 10 minutes.
Using a rolling pin on a floured board, roll dough out to desired size and transfer to a dry baking sheet. Makes 1 1/2 pounds pizza dough. Use 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend in place of the oregano, garlic, onion, basil and marjoram if you like.
You may purchase already prepared pizza dough at Italian markets and well-stocked supermarkets, but this simple, no-fail recipe makes it just as easy to make your own.