Ok, so you’ve got your pizza sauce made and ready to go but how about the homemade pizza dough? Truth be told, I don’t really make my own dough. Ever. I typically run to the grocery store and pick some up in the bakery or find some in the freezer section. Bread just isn’t my thing. I fail at it almost every single time. This recipe, however, is a serious game changer.
They key to keeping this recipe simple and stress free is to use a stand mixer. The dough hook will change your life and you will thank me later. It just takes all of the grunt work out of dough making. You’ll want to make a triple batch and store some in the freezer because YES you CAN freeze this stuff. Can I get a “HURRAY!?” I know how much we all love freezer meals and this makes for a quick weeknight dish.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 3-1/2 to 4 cups flour Use bread flour if you want a crispier crust and All-purpose if you are looking for a chewier consistency
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2-1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 cups almost hot water
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
Combine 3-1/2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, stir the ingredients. Slowly add in the warm water and oil and mix until combined. Add remaining flour a little at a time until the dough is not sticky to the touch.
Switch to the dough hook and mix until smooth. Place dough in an oil greased dish, turn once, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size.
Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into two equal pieces. Let it rest for ten minutes then roll into a large circle.
Add you desired toppings, cook on the top rack of your oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Let’s take a second and talk toppings. The possibilities when you are whipping up a quick pizza are endless. Here are just a few of our favorite options…
Go Hawaiian with some pineapple and ham.
Stick with the traditional pepperoni and cheese.
Get spicy with some jalapenos.
And you can never go wrong with BACON.
Or if you’d rather just get visual inspiration you can try one of these great recipes!
Garden Fresh Pizza
The name says it all. Fresh tomatoes, basil, red onion, a little feta cheese… All brought together by a delicious sun dried tomato pesto base. That stuff is delicious all on it’s own, but when you use it on a pizza it really shines.
This recipe differs a bit from your classic alfredo pizza. It’s got quite the kick! Combine that with basil, tomatoes, and bacon for one flavor packed pie!
Grab some sweet baby ray’s or make your own barbecue sauce for this southern California style pizza!