I'm not a chef or a pizza aficionado and I'm lazy. This is how I make pizza.
3.5 dL water
25g fresh yeast
(1 tablespoon of sugar, optional)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
100g durum flour / semolina flour
450g (all-purpose) flour
1-2 cloves of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
400-500g chopped tomatoes (1 can)
Salt, pepper and basil to taste
100-150g fresh mozzarella
(1 bell pepper, optional)
1) Make dough, let it rise
2) Preheat oven, including griddle, 250 degrees Celsius
3) Roll out dough, place on baking paper
4) Make sauce
5) Add sauce to pizza base
6) Add mozzarella
7) Add pepperoni
8) Add oregano before or after cooking, personal preference
9) Cook for 7-7½ minutes, until edges are golden.
Heat the cold water to room temperature, microwave ovens are useful for this. Mix in yeast and add a tablespoon of sugar if you want it to rise faster, stir. Once the yeast is dissolved, add salt and oil and stir. Add both types of flour, mix until uniform in consistency. Leave to rise until double in size, 1-1.5 hours should do it, enough time to watch the latest episode of Doctor Who while you wait.
If you like to pretend you're eating healthy pizza, you can replace 50g of flour with 50g of whole wheat flour. Gives a crispier base and makes it easier to roll out.
I like my pizzas with thin crust, there should be enough dough for two "family" size pizzas. Obviously family size is a vague term since the list of toppings is pretty short. Probably won't feed more than one hungry nerd per pizza.
Pizza shape doesn't matter. Round is not a flavour.
Heat pan. Finely chop the garlic. Add olive oil to the pan and sweat the garlic at low heat for a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes. Add salt, pepper and basil. Cook at high heat, remember to stir. Crush, squash, mash the tomatoes and stir. Repeat until the sauce has a consistency that you want to put on your pizza.
Depending on the fat content of the pepperoni, chop the slices in half so any excess fat can flavour the pizza instead of sitting on top of the pepperoni slices. Chop the bell pepper into small cubes, not rings unless you want to annoy the people who are going to eat the pizza. Rings pretty, cubes practical.