1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup very warm water (my mother taught me to use water as hot at it comes out of the tap, so about 120 degrees)
Combine and let sit covered in a reasonably warm place (so, not the fridge) for at least 1 hour.
Add approximately 2 cups of additional flour, kneading gently until just mixed. (Unfortunately, how much flour to add is something I could only teach you by feel. You want it to be soft and pliable but not sticky.)
Grease pizza pan with olive oil. Make sure you get oil on both hands.
Use your oily hands to spread the pizza dough over the pan. (It works especially well if you rub it around for a bit and then flip it over so both sides get oily.)
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
Bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is golden-brown near the edges.
Make as above, except substitute 2 tablespoons melted butter for olive oil and add 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
When the dough is ready for its first bake, add a thin coat of softened butter. (I still use olive oil to grease the pan.)
Cheese: Use tomato sauce and spices of choice (I use the same combo as I do for spaghetti sauce), mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of parmesan.
Alfredo: Use a half batch of your favorite alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, and diced chicken.