Mar 012012
 

One of my first posts was a recipe for homemade pizza dough.  Homemade pizza is one of the most underrated ways to save money and serve up a fantastic dinner at the same time, so I decided to re-post the recipe.  However, I tweaked it a little, because after a couple years of using this recipe regularly I realized that there are certain things that are completely unnecessary for busy people to bother with (proofing yeast, anyone?).  This recipe is worth trying- I promise it’s simple and easy (and if it’s not, let me know!).  I timed myself making this yesterday, and it took me 10 minutes and 16 seconds- and that includes the time it took to print the recipe off of this site, get the ingredients out of the cupboard, and clean up afterwards (but doesn’t include the 1 hour rising time).

PIZZA DOUGH

What You Need:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water (105 – 115 degrees F, but don’t worry about actually using a thermometer)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus extra for oiling bowl

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons (or 2 “¼ ounce” packets) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups unbleached, white all-purpose flour or bread flour

What to Do:

  1. Get out your stand mixer or food processor, if you have one.  The machine’s instructions will either tell you to add the dry ingredients first or the wet ingredients first, so just dump the ingredients into the mixing bowl in whatever order the instructions say.   Don’t worry about proofing the yeast- I have never had properly stored yeast fail in 18 years of making yeasted breads.
  2. Install the dough hook or blade in your machine, and mix (I use medium-low speed “2” in my KitchenAid stand mixer).  The manufacturer’s instructions will tell you how long to mix the dough- it’s usually 3 minutes for a stand mixer and 60 seconds for a food processor.  If you are kneading by hand (which you should only do if you don’t have one of the above machines) then knead for 6 minutes.  (Knead by sprinkling flour on a clean surface, and in one smooth motion pushing down firmly on the dough ball with the “heel” of your hand and then folding the dough over: repeat until the dough is smooth, and resumes its shape when you push into it ½ inch deep with your finger.)
  3. Remove the dough hook or blade from the mixing bowl, grab the dough ball out, and with the other hand pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into the bowl.  Then return the dough ball to the bowl and roll it around to distribute the oil so that the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl as it rises.  This is a little tricky with a food processor bowl, but you’ll figure it out.  Lightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature about an hour
  4. Divide the dough into four parts.

You now have four pizza dough balls, ready to use. If, like me, you only need one for dinner, wrap the other three individually in plastic wrap, put into a freezer-safe bag, and freeze for up to a year.

 

When you want to make a pizza, thaw at room temperature (about 2 hours) or in the fridge (about 8 hours) and it will be ready to go.  Stretch the dough out into a circle, top with toppings, and bake on a stone or cookie sheet for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees.

Have you ever made your own pizza dough?

Thanks for reading- I love comments!

This post is linked to Beauty and Bedlam’s Tasty Tuesday and Tip Junkie’s Tip Me Tuesday.

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  30 Responses to “Homemade Pizza Dough”

  1. Love this, and so easy. I’m so afraid of making bread, but this looks like something I can do with my daughter. Clever idea to mark the date. Have you ever added rosemary or anything else to the dough?

    • That sounds so good, Mommysorganics. I’m growing Rosemary right now so I should toss some in there next time.

  2. My kids love homemade pizza too.. love how you clearly state out how to make the dough..it’s certainly cheaper to make pizza at home then to eat it at the restaurant outside.

  3. Can I still make this without owning a food processor or stand mixer?!

    • Yes, absolutely, Kathy! That’s how I used to do it the first 10 years. Just following the instructions for hand kneading that I included in Step #2.

  4. Wow, this does sound easy, I never wanted to fool around with making it cause I haven’t mastered making pie crust LOL. But, I’m gonna give this a try. Thanks for sharing and visiting Harms Place.

  5. Thanks for this recipe. I’m using a similar recipe but I didn’t realise you can freeze the dough for later use. That’s brilliant!

  6. great recipe. Thanks

  7. is there any easy way to print this. I tried highlighting it and hit print select but it prints 11 pages. Thanks

    • Ack, I am so sorry that I caused you printing troubles! That was so amateur of me not to have a print option for that post (I tend to use screen capture software). I added a print post plugin to my site, so if you re-visit the post you will see a little green printer icon in the lower left corner. I’m sorry you wasted those pages!

  8. Yes, I’d like to order 2 of the dough balls, please. And can you please add a side order of mushrooms, pepperoni, and anchovies? Do you need my address? (Oh! And please don’t leave my pizzas on the porch – we live near woods w/ bear!) :P

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    • You really live near bears? That would terrify me! Then again, people always ask me if I worry about being bitten by a shark when I’m in the ocean, and I tell them I hardly think about it. I guess we just get used to the dangers that are close to us.

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