This recipe makes enough dough for two 12-inch pizzas. Shape the extra dough into a ball, and freeze. Place in a zip-top plastic bag coated with cooking spray; seal tightly, and freeze up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator 12 hours or overnight before use. Then follow recipe instructions.
1. Combine 1/4 cup warm water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer, stirring until yeast dissolves. Let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon 1/4 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add 1/4 cup flour to yeast mixture, stirring until combined. Cover; let stand 30 minutes.
2. Lightly spoon remaining 3 3/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add 3 3/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup water, oil, and salt to yeast mixture, beating with mixer at low speed 10 minutes or until a soft dough forms. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough in half; shape each portion into a ball. Place dough balls on a lightly floured baking sheet. Cover; chill dough for 30 minutes.