Margherita pizza (occasionally called Margarita pizza) is a traditional Neopolitan pizza made with fresh ingredients and a tasty homemade crust. Our recipe shows you how to make your own homemade pizza dough that bakes up into a beautiful, golden brown base that compliments the fresh mozzarella, olive oil and basil. This recipe is deliciously light and tasty – sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike. So switch things up a little and make one or two of these pizzas for your next party or movie night.
In medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, salt and garlic powder.
In large bowl, combine yeast, sugar and 1/3 cup warm water; let sit until yeast begins to bubble, about 5-8 minutes. Add oil and flour mixture. Mix with electric mixer on low speed using dough hook while slowly adding remaining water; mix until dough forms ball, adding 1/4 -1/3 cup additional flour as needed.
Rub inside of large bowl with oil. Form dough into ball, place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature about 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Dust pizza pan with cornmeal.
Press down on dough to deflate. Dust work surface generously with flour. Roll dough into 12 in. circle. Transfer dough to prepared pan. Poke dough with fork.
Bake 15-17 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove pan to cooling grid. Spoon sauce over crust; bake 5 minutes. Top with cheese; bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove pan to cooling grid; let cool slightly. Top with basil leaves and red pepper flakes; serve warm.