Make pizza at home whenever you crave with this easy homemade pizza dough. Add your favorite toppings and the variations are endless.
Pizza is one of those classic dishes that never gets old. With hundreds of variations and topping choices, everyone can find a favorite flavor combination. You can have access to all the best toppings in the world, but a good pizza begins with a good dough.
Good pizza doughs are hit and miss especially if you are trying to make them at home. I experimented with several homemade pizza dough recipes before settling on one that worked time and time again. This recipe works well for calzones, strombolis, garlic parmesan knots, and of course, pizzas! It’s just chewy enough without being too dense and reheats well. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think! It’s hands down the BEST homemade pizza dough I’ve ever made.
Prep the Yeast:
Heat the water to about 110 to 115 degrees, just enough to be warm to the touch. Add the sugar and yeast and stir to dissolve. Set aside in a draft-free area. The water will become light brown and foamy as the yeast activates.
Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a spoon to combine.
Make the Dough:
Carefully pour the activated yeast mixture into the bowl with the flour. Using a dough hook attachment, mix on medium speed for 5 to 6 minutes until a smooth, elastic forms. It may be necessary to add additional flour a tablespoon at a time if the dough is too sticky.
Time to Rest:
Remove the dough from the mixer and place it in a large bowl. I like to pour a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom and turn the dough over a couple of times to prevent it from drying out. Cover the bowl with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm area. Allow the dough to rest and double in size.
Prep the Dough:
After the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and place it on a well-floured surface. Knead it 3 to 4 times by hand and divide it into two equal portions. Pick up one of the pieces and carefully begin to stretch it out. Start from the center and work your way out pushing the dough to the outer edge as you go. Once the dough reaches about 6-7 inches in diameter, place it on a greased pizza pan and continue stretching it out the rest of the way.
Toppings and Bake:
*If you are using multiple toppings or a lot of cheese, try baking the dough for 5-10 minutes before you add the toppings. If you are only using one topping and light cheese pre-baking is not necessary.
Top the homemade pizza dough with your favorite toppings and place in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. The amount and type of toppings will determine how long the pizza needs to bake. My one topping (not pre-baked) pizza takes 15-20 minutes to cook. A pizza with multiple toppings that has been pre-baked only takes 10-15 minutes.
Used for this recipe:
- 12 ounces water
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
Heat water to 110-115 degrees.
Add yeast and sugar to water and stir to mix. Set aside and allow yeast to activate.
Place flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Add yeast mixture to the flour.
Using a dough hook, mix the flour and yeast on medium speed for 5-6 minutes until a smooth, elastic dough forms.
If the dough is too sticky, add additional flour a tablespoon at a time.
Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a towel.
Allow the dough to double in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
After dough has doubled, place it on a well-floured surface. Knead it 4-5 times and divide in half.
Take one piece and begin stretching it by hand starting in the middle and pushing the dough outward.
Once the dough is 6-7 inches in diameter, place on a greased pizza pan and continue stretching until the dough covers the pan.
Add your favorite toppings.
Place the pan in preheated oven and bake until the crust is golden brown.
See notes in the post concerning pre-baking. Recipe makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas.