Yield: 2 15" crusts
Sprinkle yeast over warm water and stir in the sugar. Let stand about 5 minutes or until very bubbly. Combine the remaining ingredients with about half of the flour beating to a smooth batter. Beat in the yeast mixture and then with a sturdy spoon work in remaining flour until you can toss it lightly on a floured surface and knead it until it feels elastic in texture. The kneading may require about 2/3 cup additional flour that you will be coating your hand with as you knead the dough. Don't let the dough become too stiff and yet you don't want it to stick to your hands. Place it in a large plastic food bag which you can spray inside with Pam or wipe the inside of it with oil and place the ball of kneaded dough in this to rise until doubled in bulk. Be sure the plastic bag is large enough that it will permit the dough to double without splitting the bag. You can place the bag of dough on a warm sunny spot on the table or kitchen counter which helps it to raise quickly and if it's summertime place the bag of dough (with open end sealed tightly with tape) in your car with the windows up! When dough has doubled punch it down and shape it to fit two 15" round pizza pans that have been greased and dusted in cornmeal. Add the sauce and topping ingredients exactly in the order listed above spreading each ingredients evenly over the dough. Let this rise about 20 minutes in a warm place and then bake at 450~ about 20 to 25 minutes putting one pizza at a time on center rack of the preheated oven. If you don't want a pizza-pizza and you can only handle one of them wrap the second pizza in foil or plastic and seal it with tape to lock out all air. Freeze it before it rises the last time. After letting it thaw 30 minutes you can bake as directed above.
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