Homemade Pizza Dough – Homemade pizza is one of my favorite meals. This dough is simple and easy, develops a lot of flavor and bakes up nice and crispy on the outside.
This is my second post for my Pizza Week, and today it's all about the dough. In my last post I shared an easy 5 minute pizza sauce.
Pizza dough is pretty easy to make also. I'm all about homemade, from scratch food that is easy and tastes good. Homemade pizza is where it's at.
How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough
Place your warm water into a small bowl. I never actually take the temperature, but if you want to, it should be between 105°F and 115°F. I always just make sure if feels warm but not hot.
Add the sugar, oil and yeast to the water. Stir it with a fork and then let it sit and get frothy for about ten minutes.
When that's done, add your flour to the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir the salt in. Add the yeast mixture and then turn the mixer on and mix on medium for 5-7 minutes. The dough will come away from the sides of the bowl into a ball and will get nice and smooth. It can be tacky but overly sticky. Add more flour if it is.
And now your dough is done. You can use it right away, freeze it or leave it in the fridge for a few days.
This dough makes 2 thick crusts, 3 thin crusts, or about 4-5 individual crusts. I usually portion it in 5 or 6 and make individual pizzas in my cast iron pan.
If you're freezing it, I would portion out what you'll cook in one meal. Then you only defrost as much as you need. Let it thaw and rise for a couple of hours before using.
Either way, cook this crust at 450°F for 15 minutes or so.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Mix together the warm water, sugar, yeast and oil. Let sit until foamy, approximately 10 minutes.
- Add flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk together with a fork. Add the yeast mixture. Mix in mixer about 5-7 minutes or until pulls away from the side of the bowl and is smooth and soft.
- Use immediately, or refrigerate up to three days, or freeze.