Pizza dough can be a bit intimidating…it has yeast and it has to be kneaded, rise and rest and how?…why…? But don’t fret, it’s really not that hard. Just throw all the ingredients together, mix it up, let it hang out awhile to rise, and you’re ready to pizza!
The Most Important Part of the Pizza
This dough is amazing and the most important part of the pizza! Don’t cut any corners! This one is tasty, perfectly crusty, fluffy, has the best texture, and is the superb vessel for all the delicious ingredients you want to pile high on top of the dough! Cheese (lots of cheese), sauce, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, onions, basil…it never ends!
And although it’s deemed “pizza” dough, you can certainly use it to make many other delicious creations such as
- Garlic knots
- Pizza rolls
- Or even cinnamon rolls (just make sure to omit the garlic and onion powders)
Let’s Make Some Pizza Dough
The easiest way to make this dough is with a stand mixer. Throw in all the ingredients and let the mixer do all the work.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, your hands and arms will work great!
Step 1: In the mixing bowl, add the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let it sit together for about 10 minutes or until frothy.
Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients and start mixing them together. Whether with a mixer or by hand, knead it until it forms a ball the dough is smooth and elastic.
Step 3: Next, coat a large bowl in olive oil as well as the dough and cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside to rise for about an hour. Once it’s about doubled in size, punch it down and it’s ready to be shaped into a pizza crust and topped with your favorite meats, cheeses and vegetables and maybe even pineapple, if that’s your jam!
Step 4: Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until hot and melty, or on a pizza stone, or even the grill if you’re feeling adventurous!
Homemade Pizza Dough
A fluffy, chewy, flavorful pizza dough
- 1 1/3 Cups Warm Water
- 2 tsp Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Yeast
- 3 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 Tbsp Cornmeal
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the water, sugar and yeast. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until frothy.
Add the flour, cornmeal, salt, garlic powder and onion powder, and olive oil. With the dough hook attachment mix the dough until fully combined. Mix or “knead” for another 10 minutes until soft and elastic and forms into a ball.
Brush with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm part of your kitchen and let it rise for an hour and it doubles in size.
Punch it down and turn over onto a floured work surface. Divide in half for 2 pizzas or into smaller portions for 4 individual pizzas.
Roll out into thin circles, about a 1/4 inch thick and top with your favorite toppings.
Bake at 400°F until melty and the crust is golden on a baking sheet or use a pizza stone if you have one available.
Pizza Dough Tips:
This dough can be made a day or two in advance. Make the dough and immediately place it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to pizza. Simply roll it out, top and bake!
If you intend to use it the day of, don’t skip the rise time, this develops the flavor and will taste much better!
Yeast is kind of finicky. The water needs to be 100 – 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is too cool the yeast won’t “wake up” and if it’s too hot it’ll just kill the yeast. So use a thermometer if you need to!
Don’t Forget Dessert!
After the pizza is gone, it’s time for a sweet treat!
Remember to keep it sweet!
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