How to Make Pizza Dough.
It should come as no surprise that I fell in love with GOOD pizza while living in Italy. Did you know that all you need to make your own pizza dough are 5 simple ingredients. I’m betting you probably already have them in your pantry. If you have a stand mixer it will take you about 10 minutes to pull this pizza dough together. Then you walk away while it does it’s thing. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
The hardest part will be deciding what you’re going to top your pizzas with, and in case you’re having a hard time deciding we have a few recipe suggestions for you.
How to Make Pizza Dough.
Once you’ve made your own dough you’ll probably not want to pick up takeout or frozen any longer. What in the world will you do with all that money I just saved you ; )
I like to make my pizza dough in the morning so it has plenty of time to rise and is ready when I’m ready to bake. You can also make it the night before and put in the refrigerator if you’re running low om time. Just take it out the following morning so it has time to rise again. Making your own also means you can make smaller more personal size if you will pizzas. This way everyone gets to pick their own toppings so you don’t have to worry about sharing. Maybe it’s just me that likes my pizza all to myself.
Once you’ve made your pizza dough here are a few of my favorite pizza recipes to get you started:
GRILLED SAUSAGE PIZZA
How to Make Pizza Dough
Homemade Pizza Dough with just a few simple ingredients.
- 4 cups flour - plus additional if needed (I prefer 00 flour)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - plus additional to drizzle
- 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups warm water
- Into your stand mixer's bowl add: flour, oil, yeast, kosher salt.
- Using the dough hook turn mixer on low. GRADUALLY drizzle the water in until it forms a ball.
- Continue kneading for approximately 8-10 minutes. The dough ball should be tacky but not sticky to the touch.
- Cover your dough ball with a kitchen towel and allow it to rise until it's twice it's size.
NOTE: If your dough is too "wet" add a little more flour. If your dough is too "dry" add a little more water.
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Becki's Whole Life says
This is a great simple recipe. I love using olive oil for dough – it adds such great flavor.
I would like to make a whole wheat pizza. If I used 2 cups white flour and 2 cups whole wheat flour, would it come out ok or would it be too heavy?
Hi Sandi! I have experimented with gluten free pizza dough but not whole wheat. I’m guessing though that it would turn out just fine. If you try it be sure to let us know how it turns out : )
I’ve tried crust using “white whole wheat” flour (the regular whole wheat flour can be more difficult to bake with). It’s drier than white flour so you’ll need to add more olive oil. I’ve found that the wheat crust is close to the regular crust, but just not the same. Go for the real thing!
Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says
Bookmarking it, got to give it a try 🙂
Love this and love your photographs even more lately! Mwah!
Ah, thanks so much Julie! xoxo
Do you knead it in the stand mixer for 8-10 minutes or by hand?
Hi Libby, I knead it in my mixer for 8-10 minutes. If you’re doing it by hand it would be longer : )
Heidi @foodiecrush says
Really, you can never have too many pizza dough recipes. And we must be thinking alike, I did a post today on what to do with leftover pizza dough. Yumm-meee.
If I could get over my fear of yeast, I will make this. 🙂 Will you hold my hand??
I love all your recipes!!!
Of course I will ; )
How can I store left over dough? Would like to just have on hand in frig or freezer.
Hi CJ! Yes you can absolutely freeze pizza dough. Here’s a how to post http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-freeze-pizza-dough-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-178431
I recently got out of my phobia for yeast and I have been experimenting a lot with it. Will try your dough recipe next time.
Lauren from Lauren's Latest says
Where did you get those cute little wooden spoons? They are adorable!
Thanks Lauren. World Market : )
Ok, I need to tackle homemade pizza dough. I’ve tried a few times with OK results. But YOU, my lovely, will solve all my problems 😉
Pizzaaaaa! Homemade is the best.
oh jiminy…my achilles heel!! [ok, so I’ve got many!] i can’t wait to try this dough!! Love, Love, Love pizza!!!
is there a way to make this if you don’t have a stand mixer?
Hi Leslie, YES you can mix the dough and knead it by hand. Just put a little muscle in and you’re all set ; )
Fuji Mama says
I love an extra excuse to make pizza dough…and a new recipe that I MUST try out is definitely an excuse!! This looks fantastic!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
Look at that perfect ball of pizza dough! I’ve been having serious pizza craving lately, I need to make some soon.
Roxana GreenGirl says
No pizza crust compares to a homemade one. Love how easy yours is, can’t wait to try it when hubby calls for a pizza night.
Hi, when you say ‘yeast’, do you mean fresh, dry active or dry fast action? Thanks 🙂
Hi Tim, I use Instant Dry Yeast.
Sooooo easy !!
Thanks for posting.
Tickled Red says
I’m always looking for a good pizza dough! I can’t wait to give yours a try 😀
Wendy Read - Sunchowder says
Just found you! This pizza dough looks like a keeper, I have printed this off and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for posting.
Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says
Yum! Homemade pizza is one of my favorites. Your dough recipe is very similar to mine. Now, I’m craving some pizza. 🙂
I’ve tried making a pizza dough with another recipe I have but the recipe I used also called for honey. Have you ever added honey to your recipe?
Hi Tricia! No I’ve never personally added honey but I have heard of it being done before.
I know you’ve experimented with gluten free, how would you alter this to gluten-free? I’m new to the gluten-free diet, specifically for my son and this would be helpful to have.
Hi Sarah! Here is the link to my gluten free pizza dough https://bellalimento.com/2010/07/19/pizza-margherita-senza-glutine-grilled-gluten-free-pizza-margherita/ My middle son is gluten intolerant and he loves this pizza!
Paul, thanks for sharing your pizza dough recipe. With the great veggies that arrived in this week’s CSA package I’m planning to oven roast the veggies and an onion to make a delish pizza. Appreciate the link to your recipe. Best!
I used your recipe tonight but added some wheat flour and some vital wheat gluten… It’s INCREDIBLE!!! Oh my goodness, the chewiness was absolute perfection! YUM!
Basil E. says
How can I be one of those girls who whips up a pizza dough Sunday & refrigerates it for Wednesday night?
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– roughly how long the dough take to double? i’m considering making this tonight, so i would just like to figure out if i have time
– i’m thinking about making the dough in my food processor, because hand-kneading is the WORST and i don’t own a stand mixer: stupid idea?
So you don’t have to add the yeast to water first and let it get bubbly or whatever? You just add it dry to the flour and other ingredients?
Hi Heather- yes that’s correct.
Can you make a bunch at a time and freeze for later use??
Hi Sue! Yes, here’s a great how to from the Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-freeze-pizza-dough-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-178431
Am I just that slow or did I not see what temp & how long to bake?
How much dough does this make? I’m going to try this tonight!
It makes enough for two medium pizzas
I love making pizzas. I am considering trying different flours such as quinoa flour. Ever try it??
Hi Heather. I’ve not tried quinoa flour. If you do, please let us know how it turns out : )
Would this work with all types of flour? I would really love to make pizza dough with gluten-free flour.
Yes, I’ve used gluten free flour before. Let us know how it turns out if you try it.