4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, chill it first!
1 teaspoon of instant yeast
1 3/4 teaspoons of salt
1/4 cup (2 ounces) olive oil
1 3/4 cups ice cold water, though start with a bit less and add as needed
Mix the ingredients in a bowl. You want the dough to almost be too tough to mix. It should be quite sticky. Let the dough sit for a while in the fridge before working it out; anywhere from several hours to overnight is good.
You can cut this recipe down a bit, as this will make several LARGE pizzas. Or you can use the measurements above and divide it up. I usually split it up into fourths. Once you have it cured for a while, divide it up into equal chunks. Dust your breadboard (or counter top) with either flour or cornmeal, and keep your hands dusted too. Take your ball of dough and knead it like you really mean it. You want to really get a physical workout here! Pull, stretch, and bang away on it (yeah, feel free to enter your favorite sexual innuendo). Press it out into a circular from and with a dusted rolling pin, roll it out to the size desired. Because of the yeast, it will expand to a pretty thick crust.
Pre-heat a pizza baking stone in the oven, and get it really hot...500 degrees or better if you can. You can use a pan, but the stone will improve your crust like you can't imagine...go buy one! Dust your stone with cornmeal or flour, and lay the crust on it. Top with tomato sauce and your favorite cheese and toppings. I am a sucker for pineapple with bacon bits and then decorated with anchovies. Place into a hot oven...400 degrees is not really sufficient, so if you can crank it up to 500 or 550 even, so much better. Cooking time will depend on the heat and the amount of dough and toppings. Keep checking and use your intuition. 8-12 minutes is typical. You can experiment with different placements of your oven rack height if the cheese seems to be cooking faster than the dough.
Remove from oven and wait several minutes before cutting, as it helps the cheese and topping "set up" and will make slicing easier. Enjoy, and tell the kids I told you how to do it. They will never want to order from Domino's again!