Oh pizza, how I have searched for years to find the perfect homemade pizza dough recipe to make you delicious. I have failed multiple times. But I never gave up and finally, I have found a recipe that will do you justice.
Wanna hear how easy it was? Well, let me tell you then.
If you are anything like me, you want pizza more times in a month than you probably should. But seriously, ordering pizza from out is a great idea for an easy dinner, then once you are done eating, you regret every bite. And the idea of homemade pizza is awesome, but when it comes out like cardboard EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. you are just not into it anymore. Anyone?
Well, I am going to share my dough recipe with you anyway. Because we are homies right? And that is what homies do. They share pizza dough recipes.
This is unfortunately a whole half of days worth of dough making which, when you are in a dinner pinch does not work out. I hear ya, I really do. So, I suggest you take one day that you are off and make yourself some dough and prep for those, “I wanna homemade pizza” kind of nights. This recipe actually makes two 10″-12″ pizzas. What is super great about this recipe is that it is totally freezer friendly. So make ahead, throw those bastards in the freezer and boom son, you’re one step ahead of yourself.
Ready for some homemade pizza dough?! Let’s roll!
3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 packet of active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons Olive oil
If you have a stand mixer, your life just got a tad bit easier. If you don’t you’re about to build some muscle. Which is kind of a win win, work your arms out, then have some pizza.
In your standing mixer bowl, pour in your warm water and active yeast packet. Allow to dissolve for about 5 minuets, it will get all bubbly and activate itself.
Once it is dissolved, use the mixing paddle attachment to mix the flour, salt, sugar and olive oil. Mix on low until you see everything mixed well. Now, switch to the hook attachment and allow the hook to knead your dough on low for about 10 minutes.
***This is the part where if you do not have a stand mixer, that you are going to build some muscle. You are going to have to knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes.
***You want the dough to be a bit sticky but not too sticky. If it’s too sticky, toss in a little bit of flour. A little goes a long way so go slow.
Now, grab yourself a bowl, grease it up with some olive oil. Remove your dough from the standing mixer and place inside greased bowl. Cover and allow to sit for about an hour and a half. Place bowl in a somewhat warm place. Like on the stove. You can make the stove nice and warm by making oatmeal raisin cookies while you wait of your dough to rise!
Once your dough has risen, lightly dust a cutting board and your hands with flour and knead your dough for 30 seconds. This is just to get all the air out and you can reshape it into a ball.
Cut your dough in half. You can use both at this point or use one and freeze the other.
***If you are freezing one, place dough in the fridge for a bit to cool down. Then place in a ziplock freezer bag and freeze. To thaw, allow to sit in a fridge for 24 hours.
Roll your dough out with a rolling pin. Then use your hands to help flatten it out. Start at the center and work your way out.
Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes. Then stretch it out again until it reaches desired size. If a hole appears, which I am pretty certain it will unless you are absolutely magical, don’t get frustrated like I did. Just squash the dough back together.
At this point if you are moving forward with pizza making, sprinkle some cornmeal on the surface of which the dough will sit on, this will keep the dough from sticking to the pan. You can also spread olive oil over the top of the pizza before you put all your topping on. This will give the crust a nice crunch.
Throw that bad boy in a preheated oven of 450 and cook for about 10-12 minutes. But I suggest you check on it a few times. Every oven is different, so watch your pizza until it reaches the desired doneness.
I got crazy and actually made our pizza on the grill.
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Happy dough making y’all!