Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza?  So many varieties to choose from like Margherita, Hawaiian and even your basic pepperoni and cheese.  Pizza is one of those totally satisfying perfect foods.   It seems to appeal to all kinds of different appetites.  For the meat lovers, cover that pie with sausage, pepperoni, and ham.   Veggie lovers,  just some green peppers, mushrooms and olives for you. Cheese enthusiasts, spread three kinds of cheese on there and you have a masterpiece!  See what I mean? It satisfies even the pickiest eaters!

Why Make Homemade Pizza Dough?

Well sure, you could pop a Delicioso into the oven or place a call to the local pizza joint, but it will never be as satisfying as biting into a light and crispy homemade pizza crust that you made with your own hands.  Besides, making your own crust gives you all the bragging rights.  As we all know, the crust can make or break a perfectly good pizza pie.  Soggy…no thanks;  Dripping with oil…so unappealing,  just light and crispy bread dough for me.  Not to mention fun to make.  Being able to customize your pizza with extra cheese on one side,  and anchovies on the other, or what have you, makes it all worthwhile.  The opportunities are endless!

Why Flour Matters.

When it comes to making your own pizza dough, all flours are not created equal.  Trust me on this one, I have made pizza dough with white all-purpose flour, unbleached flour, and whole wheat flour. But none of those crusts compare to when I use  Bob’s Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour, 80 Ounces. High protein flour with higher gluten is what makes pizza dough made with this type of flour so good. It makes a sticky, stretchy bread dough.  Making your pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. ( I also use this flour in my Italian Bread recipe).

So why not give this recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed.  Check out my kitchen hacks to see some Simple Tricks for the best pizza crust ever!

Rating

Very easy and delicious pizza dough recipe.

ball of dough

Prep Time15 mins

 ¾ cup warm water
 1 tsp Instant yeast
 1 tsp sugar
 2 cups bread flour
 1 tsp salt

1

Combine water, yeast, and sugar in mixing bowl. Let sit until foamy

Activate yeast

2

Sift together salt and flour and add to mixing bowl. Mix together on low speed for 2 minutes using a dough hook attachment.

add flour

3

Turn mixer up to next speed and continue mixing for 5 minutes, or until dough is soft, stretchy and pliable.

mixing dough in stand mixer

4

Dough will pull completely away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball when ready

ball of dough

5

If you're not using a stand mixer, knead dough by hand for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface.

Pizza Dough

6

Pizza dough

7

Place dough in oiled bowl and turn to coat dough with oil.

Dough in Oiled bowl

8

Cover with a damp towel. Put dough in a warm spot and allow to rise for about an hour. Dough should be doubled in size.

* I use the proof setting in my oven. If you do not have a proof setting in your oven you can turn oven on to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes then turn off and place the dough in the oven to rise. In warmer weather, you can leave the bowl on the counter to rise

Cover dough

9

Spread dough on greased baking sheet.

homemade dough spread on baking sheet

10

Put your favorite toppings on your pizza dough and bake in very hot oven for 10-15 minutes. ( I use oven at highest heat, and bake on second lowest rack)

homemade pizza

11

Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value *
Cholesterol 0mg

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 ¾ cup warm water
 1 tsp Instant yeast
 1 tsp sugar
 2 cups bread flour
 1 tsp salt

Directions

1

Combine water, yeast, and sugar in mixing bowl. Let sit until foamy

Activate yeast

2

Sift together salt and flour and add to mixing bowl. Mix together on low speed for 2 minutes using a dough hook attachment.

add flour

3

Turn mixer up to next speed and continue mixing for 5 minutes, or until dough is soft, stretchy and pliable.

mixing dough in stand mixer

4

Dough will pull completely away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball when ready

ball of dough

5

If you're not using a stand mixer, knead dough by hand for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface.

Pizza Dough

6

Pizza dough

7

Place dough in oiled bowl and turn to coat dough with oil.

Dough in Oiled bowl

8

Cover with a damp towel. Put dough in a warm spot and allow to rise for about an hour. Dough should be doubled in size.

* I use the proof setting in my oven. If you do not have a proof setting in your oven you can turn oven on to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes then turn off and place the dough in the oven to rise. In warmer weather, you can leave the bowl on the counter to rise

Cover dough

9

Spread dough on greased baking sheet.

homemade dough spread on baking sheet

10

Put your favorite toppings on your pizza dough and bake in very hot oven for 10-15 minutes. ( I use oven at highest heat, and bake on second lowest rack)

homemade pizza

11

Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza

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