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Homemade Pizza Dough

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Homemade Pizza Dough is made with just 5 ingredients and makes the perfect crust for a pizza night at home. To make an easy pizza dough you just need flour, water, yeast, sugar and a little salt. This pizza dough recipe makes a soft crust and perfectly cooked, crisp bottom.

Looking for other ideas for pizza night? Check out my recipe for easy, loaded, French Bread Pizza.

ball of dough dusted with flour

Easy Pizza Dough

This easy pizza dough recipe is our go to for a quick and delicious homemade pizza. The kiddos love getting their own piece of dough to make their own personal pizza with a simple pizza sauce all of their favorite toppings (that might even include pineapple 🍍 ). This dough is perfect for making a whole pizza in a cast iron pan or for making the tastiest calzone.

To make this easy pizza dough recipe, you just need a few simple ingredients, things you probably already have readily available at home. In addition to the dough ingredients you will want to make sure you are all stocked with the perfect pizza toppings to complete your masterpiece. For our family that always includes our homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, green onions or even just ham and pineapple. What are your go to pizza toppings?

pizza baked in a cast iron pan

How to make Pizza Dough

This recipe for homemade pizza dough can all be mixed by hand, no need for an electric or stand mixer, but you can definitely make it that way if you prefer.

Follow these simple steps to make pizza dough:

  • Start with fresh ingredients, this is very important for taste as well as how well the dough will raise and bake.
  • First, in a large mixing bowl, combine together the warm water, olive oil, yeast and sugar
yeast with water and olive oil in a mixing bowl
  • If you are using instant yeast, you don’t need to proof the yeast, add in 2 cups of flour and the salt.
  • Mix together with a wooden spoon until a ball is formed with the dough, add in the remaining flour a tablespoon at a time as needed.
  • The dough will be soft, but not sticky.
ball of dough dusted with flour
  • Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5-6 minutes, until soft. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or place back into a greased mixing bowl and cover. Allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Once the dough has risen, doubled in size. Remove it from the bowl and cut into two, equal pieces.
  • Working with one half at a time, place the other back into the covered bowl. I like to use a rolling pin to start rolling the dough out into a large circle.
ball of dough sliced into two halves

Making Homemade Pizza

  • If you are confident in your pizza tossing skills, you can first press the dough out from the center, creating the edges. Then pick the dough up and pull from the center, letting gravity pull it down and stretch it out as your rotate it around your hands
  • This dough will form 2, 10-12 inch pizzas. Please note that if you want a thinner pizza, be sure to roll out a thin dough as this dough will rise when it is baked.
  • Once the dough is rolled out, place on a baking sheet or into a 10 inch cast iron pan. Spread sauce over the dough and top with your favorite toppings.
  • Bake in a 450º F oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is golden and bubbly.
golden brown calzone cut in half with cheese and toppings coming out

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza dough comes together quick with just a few simple ingredients, things you probably already have at home.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Rising Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Bread, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Pizza Dough
Servings: 16
Calories: 82kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (not hotter than 125º F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, or stand mixer, combine together the water, olive oil, yeast and sugar. Mix to combine.
  • Add in 2 cups of the flour and the salt. Mix together. Pour out onto a floured surface and knead for 4-5 minutes, adding additional flour as needed to produce a soft ball of dough. It should not be sticky.
  • Place the dough back into a greased mixing bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Punch down the dough and cut into two equal halves. Cover the half you are not working with to keep it from drying out.
  • Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is into a 10-12 inch circle, depending on how thick you want your crust to be.
  • Place into a 10 inch cast iron pan or onto a greased baking sheet. Roll up around the edges to form the crust. Just roll the edges towards the center of the circle.
  • Top with pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings. If desired, brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Bake in a 450º F oven for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are calculated for the dough only and 1/16 of the dough. Additional toppings will change the nutrition facts.
  • To make pizza dough ahead: This pizza dough can be made ahead and enjoyed later. To make ahead prepare the dough and knead for 4-5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover tightly. Place in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours before use. To use, allow to sit and rise in a warm place for at least an hour before forming into crusts.
  • To freeze pizza dough: Prepare the dough and knead for 4-5 minutes. Slice into two halves and place into greased zip top freezer bags. The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month. When you are ready to use it place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then allow to rise on the counter for 1 1/2- 2 hours before topping and baking. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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Homemade Pizza Dough is made with just 5 ingredients and makes the perfect crust for a pizza night at home. To make an easy pizza dough you just need flour, water, yeast, sugar and a little salt. This pizza dough recipe makes a soft crust and perfectly cooked, crisp bottom.

ball of dough dusted with flour with a smaller image of a pizza in a cast iron pan

Making Pizza Dough Ahead

This pizza dough can be made ahead and enjoyed later. To make ahead prepare the dough and knead for 4-5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover tightly. Place in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours before use. To use, allow to sit and rise in a warm place for at least an hour before forming into crusts.

Freezing Pizza Dough

Prepare the dough and knead for 4-5 minutes. Slice into two halves and place into greased zip top freezer bags. The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month. When you are ready to use it place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then allow to rise on the counter for 1 1/2- 2 hours before topping and baking. 

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