Sicilian Pizza Recipe
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoon water, room temperature
- ½ cup prepared marinara sauce
- 1 cup strong aged cheese, sliced or shredded
- ½ cup chopped mushrooms
- ½ cup sliced pepperoni
Combine flour, salt, yeast, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Combine with a fork or a whisk. Add water and whisk together until no dry flour remains. Using a hand mixer, mix on high until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes. The dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but pull away from the sides.
Pour the rest of the olive oil into a cookie sheet and spread it over the surface until the whole thing is coated and greased with the olive oil. Put the dough on the cookie sheet and coat the top of it with a bit of olive oil. Cover the dough and cookie sheet with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about two hours.
Preheat oven to 500°F and make sure the oven rack is on the middle shelf. Remove plastic wrap from pizza dough, and flatten and stretch the dough into the corners of the pan. The dough should fill the pan and be quite thick.
Top pizza with sauce, followed by pepperoni, mushrooms, and finally the cheese. Bake until bottom is brown and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, about 15 minutes total. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then cut with a pizza cutter and serve to your guests.