Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Easy homemade pizza dough recipe

this post is all about pizza dough. easy homemade pizza dough. you know, there was a time when i never ever thought i would make bread. it was so intimidating to me. but there was also a time in college when i thought i would never be able to make chocolate chip cookies…. and now i could make french macarons in my sleep. so one day i decided i would just learn how to do this thing. i tested out some friends recipes, some recipes from around the web,  tweaked things here and there and settled on a few that i really loved. now its hard to imagine a time when i didn’t eat such luxurious carbs!!! so it was time to tackle pizza dough. as many of you know, my son has lots of allergies. so pizza is not something we have often – but i wanted to try out some fun dairy free options for him. i decided if i can make bread – i can make pizza dough. and so i did. and it was easy. and delicious. and once you go homemade, you dont go back. so here it is for you folks – easy homemade pizza dough.

pizza dough recipe

you will need a stand mixer for this.
i bet you could do it by hand but i never will. i’m lazy (dont tell anyone).
you will use the hook attachment that comes with the mixer.

how to make homemade pizza dough

once all your ingredients are mixed together and the bowl is ‘clean’ – this is when the dough clings to the hook and not the sides of the bowl – turn it onto a lightly floured surface. knead it by hand a bit and then form it into a round ball.

homemade pizza dough recipe and tutorial

grease a bowl and plop it right in the middle. cover it with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot. if you are like me and your hubby is cheap and your house is often freeeeeezing here is a trick: turn your oven on for about a minute. once its warm in there – NOT hot but warm, turn off the oven place your bowl in there to rise. be sure to use a heat proof bowl. leave it to double in size (this will take about and hour). NOTE: i have since gotten even lazier and use the rapid rise yeast. that will only take about 20-30 mind to double

how to make pizza dough at home

be sure to roll your pizza thin – 1/4 to 1/2 inch. this recipe is not for thin crust & it will puff up a bit when cooking so go thinner than you want the final pizza to be. i hope your pizza turns out as amazing as ours did!! my son was over the MOON excited to have a pizza of his own. we topped it with bbq sauce and chicken and he gobbled it up. i love seeing him so excited about the simple things. he is such a good boy and always so patient about his allergies – it melted my heart to see him so happy about his own ‘safe’ pizza!

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 3¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (instant)
  • 1½ cups of hot (not boiling) water
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and yeast into a stand mixer with the hook attachment and stir to combine.
  2. With the mixer on low, slowly add the hot water and oil.
  3. When the dough starts to come together, add the salt.
  4. Continue to mix on low until the dough comes together to form a ball on the hook and the bowl looks 'clean'. You may need to add a bit of water or flour to find the right balance for the dough.
  5. Remove the ball of dough from the hook and knead it by hand on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Oil a large bowl and place the dough inside and cover it with plastic wrap.
  7. Keep the dough in a warm place and allow the dough to double in size - this takes about 45 min-1 hour
  8. When the dough is doubled in size, turn it out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
  9. Cut the dough in two pieces. Roll and shape the dough into two large pizza rounds about ¼ - ½ in in thickness.
  10. Garnish with desired toppings.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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Comments

  1. jamie onken says:

    I just made this and was wondering if I can freeze the dough. i don’t think we’re hungry enough for two pizzas.

    • i’m not sure! i have never done it… we eat it all when i make them. did you try it? will you let me know how it turned out?

  2. Made your pizza dough last night for my husband and I. It was really good. Since it’s only the 2 of us, 2 pizzas would be way too much for us. So, I did some research and yes, you can freeze pizza dough for up to 3 months. Haven’t tried freezing pizza dough yet. Thought I’d make the other half of the dough into buttered garlic bread sticks this weekend. YUM!

  3. In Italy, the best pizza dough is low in yeast and does not make you feel bloated.

  4. Oh, and you CAN freeze pizza dough. We used to do it all of the time.

  5. Yes you can freeze this. I have made it multiple times and just freeze them wrapped very well in cling wrap.
    Always comes out wonderful, just bring it out the night before and leave it in the fridge. I then put mine on the counter an hour or so before I roll it out.

  6. SailingLotus says:

    Could you please put the yeast measurements into teaspoon equivalents? Many of us buy yeast in large quantities (Costco) and so both measurements would be very helpful. Thanks from British Columbia, Canada.

  7. I used this pizza dough recipe to make pizza it turned out great! I wonder if I could make like
    A medium size pizza smaller but thicker dough how it would turn out?

  8. Michelle says:

    I have tried many pizza dough recipes and I so happy to have finally found one that is so easy and delicious! I have been making this recipe for a couple of months now. I make homemade pizza once a week and I always freeze half of the dough for the next week. I just stick it in a ziplock freezer bag and it comes out fine! Thanks so much for this perfect recipe!!!

    • Michelle you are so welcome! I am so happy to hear that you are using it so much! great to know that you can freeze it too – i have to try that! xoxo

  9. I love this recipe for our pizza dough! Turns out great every time :) I am new to the homemade dough world and wondering if I could use this recipe for bread as well?? Thanks for the great blog!

  10. Christina says:

    Made this over the weekend and really liked it. I skipped the hand kneading and just let my mixer run a few minutes longer. I couldn’t figure out how to get the pizza from the pan to the pizza stone for the first one so the crust on it was a little underdone. For the second, I cooked it on the pan until it firmed up & then slid it onto the stone & it was perfect!

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