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Homemade Pizza Dough

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My tried and true, all-time favorite pizza dough recipe. I’m fairly certain you and your family will prefer making this homemade pizza dough over using store-bought any day.

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Soft, chewy, and incredibly delicious! You can enjoy a spicy sausage pizza or buffalo chicken pizza at home in just a little over an hour!

My homemade pizza crust recipe is the easiest because it’s made in a stand mixer. No kneading is required; the mixer will do all the work for you.

You will feel a sense of accomplishment once you’ve made your first pizza with this easy dough recipe.  You will also never want to have your pizza any other way.

Another great thing about pizza dough is it can be frozen. You just have to let it thaw the night before and you’ll be able to get dinner on the table in a snap. This is convenient when you’re in the mood for bbq chicken pizza.

I’ll go over freezing pizza down later in the post.

Why this homemade pizza dough recipe works

  • The stand mixer does all the work! If you don’t have one, you can knead by hand.
  • The recipe yields enough dough to make two 12-inch pizzas
  • The right amount of moisture is added to create a soft dough that has a slight chew. The crust will become your new favorite part of the pizza!
  • The crust is slightly sweet which makes it extra delicious. Trust me on this one!
  • Brush garlic oil over the crust before adding the toppings for even more flavor.
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Easy Pizza Dough Recipe Ingredients

This is seriously one of the easiest recipes because the ingredient list is fairly short. They are all staples from the pantry which also make the recipe convenient. Let’s go over all the ingredients:

  • Yeast: Use a whole packet of yeast. It’s about 2 and ¼ teaspoons.
  • Sugar: Feeds the yeast and adds a very light sweetness to the dough.
  • Water: Warm the water to 105-115°F. Don’t go any warmer than 120°F to avoid killing the yeast.
  • Flour: When making pizza dough, I prefer unbleached flour. I don’t always have unbleached flour on hand, though. Bleached all-purpose flour will still give great results. It’s been tested and that’s what I used in the video above.
  • Salt: Just a teaspoon for flavor.
  • Olive oil: A little goes in the dough and a little goes over the dough before the toppings are added.
  • Garlic: Completely optional but garlic powder adds so much flavor.
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How to make Pizza Dough

If you have a stand mixer, this will be incredibly easy. It’s basically a dump and turn on the mixer type of recipe. You really can’t make any mistakes here. The recipe is practically fool-proof.

The Dough – The dough comes together easily. It doesn’t require any special techniques but a stand mixer is recommended. All the ingredients are added, then the mixer will do the hard work for you!

spicy sausage pizza cut into 8 slices on a round pan
Spicy Sausage Pizza

Step 1: Activate the yeast

Make sure the water is at the right temperature. It needs to be warmed to 105-115°F.

If it’s too cool the yeast won’t activate. If it’s too hot the yeast will die.

Stire the sugar and yeast into the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should look creamy and foamy on the top.

If yours doesn’t look this way, toss it and start again with fresh yeast.

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Step 2: Make the dough

Add 1 cup of the flour, salt, and olive oil to the bowl of a stand mixer. Give it a stir with a whisk.

Stir the yeast mixture one more time and add it to the bowl with the flour mixture. Use a whisk to stir everything together.

Add the remaining flour and attach the dough hook to the mixer.

Turn the mixer to low speed and let it mix for 20 minutes. It seems like a long time but trust me.

The dough is done when it comes to together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.

Don’t rush the mixing process and refrain from adding additional flour. The dough will be slightly tacky when it’s finished but shouldn’t feel wet.

pizza dough mixed with a stand mixer

Step 3: Proof the dough

Lightly grease your hands with oil or cooking spray. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and shape it into a ball.

Place the dough in a large bowl that has been lightly greased with oil. Give the dough a couple of turns so the outside is coated in the oil from the bowl.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free place to rise until it’s doubled in size. This can take up 45 minutes to 1 hour.

proofing pizza dough process shots

Step 4: Shape the dough

Gently press your fist into the center of the dough to release some of the air then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Cut the dough in half. Cover each half with a lint-free towel and let them rest for 5 minutes.

Letting the dough sit like this for 5 minutes will allow the gluten to relax. This makes it easier to stretch the dough without it shrinking back.

Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll or gently stretch the dough out into a 12-inch circle. You can do this directly on a pizza pan, or pizza peel. Dust them with a little cornmeal to prevent the dough from sticking.

unbaked pizza dough on a pizza pan

Step 5: Add topping and bake

I like to brush the top of the crust with garlic oil before adding the toppings. Just mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Brush it evenly over the entire pizza dough.

Spread ½ cup of your favorite pizza sauce over the dough but leave a 1-inch bare rim around the edge.

Sprinkle 1-2 cups of your favorite shredded cheese. I prefer to use mozzarella cheese for a classic pizza topping.

Add up to 2 cups of your favorite toppings. Don’t go overboard with the toppings. Adding too many can cause the crust to become soggy. This is especially so if you are using all vegetables.

Bake the pizza at 475°F for 15-17 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted.

slice of bacon egg breakfast pizza
Bacon Egg Breakfast Pizza

Tips for freezing homemade pizza dough

  • To freeze the dough, portion the dough out and coat it well with olive oil. Slip it into a zip-top freezer bag and seal it while squeezing all the air out. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can.
  • The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months!
  • When you are ready to use it, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes just before you’re ready to make the pizza.
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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 (12-inch) pizzas
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

My tried and true, all-time favorite pizza dough recipe. I’m fairly certain you and your family will prefer making this homemade pizza dough over using store-bought any day.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 packet
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) warm water, 105-115°F
  • 3 ⅔ cups (476 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more shaping - SEE NOTE 1
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve the yeast and set aside for 5 minutes. The yeast mixture should look creamy and foamy on the top.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine 1 cup of the flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. 
  3. Stir the yeast once more to make sure it is all dissolved and add it to the flour mixture. Mix together with a hand whisk until lump free. Add the remaining flour and attach the dough hook to the mixer. 
  4. Turn the mixer on low speed and mix for 15 -20 minutes, until the dough comes together and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. It takes time for the dough to come together. Don’t rush it and refrain from adding more flour. The dough should be slightly tacky once it’s finished kneading.
  5. Lightly coat a bowl with olive oil. With lightly greased hands, scrape the dough out and shape it into a ball. Place the dough into the greased bowl and gently roll it around to coat all sides of the dough ball with oil. Cover with a lint-free towel and place the dough in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  6. Gently punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 2 equal halves. Shape each half into a ball, cover and let rest for 5 minutes. 
  7. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. You can also do this directly on your pizza pan. If you are using a pizza stone, do this step directly on your pizza peel. Spray your pizza pan with non-stick spray and dust lightly with flour or cornmeal. Once you’ve shaped the dough, gently transfer it to your prepared pizza pan.
  8. Using the remaining Tbs of olive oil, brush the top of the pizza with the oil. (For a more flavorful option, stir 1 tsp of garlic powder into the oil.)
  9. Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 475°F for 15-17 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted.

Notes

  1. Use proper measuring techniques to measure the flour. Don't scoop the flour out with the measuring cup! Instead, lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup then level it off with the back of a knife. OR weigh the flour.

Make ahead tip

  1. The dough freezes well. Prepare through step 6 then brush a light coating of olive oil all over the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then place it in a resealable freezer bag. Squeeze all of the air out of the bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then let the dough come to room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to using.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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UPDATED May 1, 2019: I cleaned up this post to make it easier to read and added a few process shots. I also included a video tutorial Enjoy!

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