1 1/3 cups warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast (2 packets)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
corn meal to dust pan
Whisk the warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar together in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Add the olive oil, salt, and flour. Mix with a spatula for until it forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead the dough for 5 minutes. After kneading, the dough should still feel a little soft. Poke it with your finger — if it slowly bounces back, your dough is ready to rise. If not, keep kneading. Lightly grease the same bowl you used for the dough. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until double in size. If it’s cold out turn on the oven light on and place the dough in the oven) When it’s doubled in size, remove from the oven.)
Preheat oven to 475°F. Allow it to heat for at least 15-20 minutes as you shape the pizza. Lightly grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray or olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal, which gives the crust extra crunch and flavor.
When the dough is ready, punch it down to release any air bubbles. Divide the dough in half if making 2 pizzas, freeze half of the dough for another time.
On a lightly floured work surface using lightly floured hands or rolling pin, gently flatten the dough into a disc. Place on prepared pan and using lightly floured hands, stretch and flatten the disc into a 12-inch circle, about 1/2-inch thick. If the dough keeps shrinking back as you try to stretch it, stop what you’re doing, cover it lightly for 5-10 minutes, then try again. Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rest for a few minutes as you prepare your pizza toppings and the oven heats.
To prevent the toppings from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the top lightly with olive oil. Top with your favorite toppings and bake for 13-15 minutes at 475° or until the crust is golden brown.