Pizza Dough

Back by popular demand, my husband returns with another post from Dave’s Bread Corner…

Like most people, when I think of pizza I think of some sort of fresh pie at a local pizzeria.  Who can’t claim to love the chewy crust and melty cheese of a slice that’s only managed to cool enough to avoid serious damage to your mouth?  There must be some magic secret that pizza shop chefs know that no one else can reproduce right?  Well, I certainly thought so.

I’ve had the pizza dough you buy in the tube.  I’ve had the kind many grocery stores make and put in convenient little bags.  I’ve had those pizza crust things that come in a vacuum sealed pouch and hang there in the store like some sort of an art piece on what pizza you could make with them.  I’ve had frozen pizza from almost every brand there is.  I assumed that the magic must be somewhere else.  All these things simply reinforced the idea that something done with magic dust or a magic wand by the lord of dough at the pizza palace was too arcane for anyone else to reproduce.

The good news…  I was mistaken.  Let me show you.     🙂

10Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough Recipe
(Makes 2 personal sized pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Pour the warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and allow it to bloom for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the salt.
  4. Turn the stand mixer on low (speed 2 on my Kitchen Aid mixer).
  5. Add all of the flour (both kinds) 1 cup at a time.
  6. Turn the stand mixer up to a slightly higher speed (I used speed 3 on my Kitchen Aid mixer) and let it run for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Divide the dough evenly into 2 separate greased bowls.
  8. Cover both bowls with plastic wrap and put them somewhere warm to rise for 2 to 3 hours.

Try to use immediately.  I don’t know how well it holds up in the refrigerator.

UPDATE: This recipe makes about 1 and 1/2 pounds of pizza dough.

 

Just like other bread recipes, the first thing you need to do is prepare the yeast.  I always love the smell this step makes.  It’s that delicate yeasty aroma that for some reason I find both pleasant and somehow almost comforting.

01Homemade Pizza Dough

Once all the ingredients are in the bowl you may think you’ve already ruined it.  It just doesn’t seem like there is any hope of “real” dough being the result at this stage.  It’s crumbly and stringy and weird, but it’ll get better.

02Homemade Pizza Dough

Just a few minutes of the dough hook on your stand mixer working its magic and look at the difference!  I’m not kidding, the only difference was a bit more kneading the dough.  Amazing huh?

03Homemade Pizza Dough

Now it’s time to split the dough, wrap it up, and let the yeast do its thing.

04Homemade Pizza Dough

For those of you that also read about my Italian Bread you may have noticed something about how long it takes to rise.  This is not an accident.  You definitely do not want to use my warm oven rising technique for this dough.  I’ve tried it several times and I’ve never been happy with the results.  For this dough to come out properly, you really need “low and slow” rising.  In other words, put them on the counter in the kitchen with some plastic wrap over them, and go away for a long time.  In this case, patience is a virtue.

Your goal is for them to look like they have doubled in size.  The time estimate in the recipe is just that, an estimate.  You need to go by “feel” for this and that means wandering by from time to time to see if the dough has doubled yet.  If you live in Georgia and it’s August, it may only take a couple hours.  If you live in Siberia and it’s January, you may actually need to give it a lot more time.  At my house, 3 hours did the trick.

05Homemade Pizza Dough

Heavily flouring your board makes working with the dough much easier.  If you’ve gotten everything right up to here, you should find that the dough is a complete pain in the butt to work with.  It’s rubbery and when you spread it out it tends to want to shrink back.  I won’t lie, I hate this part.  It’s super frustrating.  However…  If you want the secret to pizzeria pizza (or anything else you could imagine pizza dough being used for), I think this is it.  If it’s not fighting you a bit here then you haven’t quite captured the essence of pizza dough.

Use your hands, use a rolling pin, use your elbows if you think it will help.  Eventually you will win the fight and the result will astound you.     🙂

08Homemade Pizza Dough

This is a wonderful start to an almost unlimited variety of delicious Italian dough based meals.  Pizza is just the start of the list that can include bread sticks, calzones, Stromboli, and countless other recipes.

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Source: 500 Pizzas & Flatbreads: The Only Pizza & Flatbread Compendium You’ll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks)

Other recipes from Dave’s Bread Corner:

Italian Bread

10Italian Bread

Comments

  1. Yeah! Love your hubby’s bread recipes—this pizza crust looks so easy and so delicious! Homemade pizza dough is always the best, right? 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  2. I love making pizza dough. It really is not that hard. then, you can make pizzas the way you like. I like how your husband’s dough looks. have you ever made your pizza in an iron skillet?

    1. Tina says:

      Ooh, pizza in an iron skillet sounds amazing! We’ve never tried that, but I just mentioned this to my husband and I can see the wheels turning. 😉

  3. Yay, Dave’s bread recipes are my favorite! Or one of them, anyway. I actually love every one of the recipes on here hehe ;–) I’ll try this dough next time I’m making pizza (((which I hope it happens soon))). Much love! xxx

    1. Tina says:

      You’re the best! 🙂 Love ya. xoxo

      1. Kelly says:

        I don’t have a mixer like that, any other way to make it?

        1. Tina says:

          Hi Kelly. You should be able to mix and knead by hand. We haven’t tried this appoach though. Let me know how you make out!

          1. Jammie2one says:

            I make my pizza dough by hand all the time as I don’t like having to haul out the mixer and then clean the hook. I proof my yeast as you do, add it to my bowl of measured flour and salt along with any more liquid required by the recipe, mix all together with my hand and then knead the dough for 8 minutes. Then proceed as you do. It comes out great!! I am definitely going to try your skillet pizza. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Ashley says:

    Yes for homemade pizza dough!! And I totally agree – until I made my own I was always so disappointed… This recipe looks great! I have a whole wheat version I love but have been looking for just a regular one to try!

    1. Tina says:

      Ooh, we’ve never tried whole wheat before. I’ll definitely have to look yours up. 🙂

  5. I learned to make pizza dough from my grandma, nothing beats the homemade thing 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      What wonderful memories. 🙂

  6. This is so timely! I’ve been wanting to make my own pizza crust! This is awesome – thanks!

    1. Tina says:

      Sweet! 🙂

  7. Homemade is always the best. There is something so satisfying about working the fresh dough in your hands. Your hubby’s recipe looks beautiful.

    1. Tina says:

      I totally agree! 🙂

  8. I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one who loves the smell of yeast!!!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha! 🙂

  9. Joanne says:

    When making pizza at home, homemade dough is the way to go! It has so much good flavor unlike frozen doughs which often taste like cardboard.

    1. Tina says:

      Absolutely agree! 🙂

  10. This pizza dough looks perfect! I’ve been searching for a “reliable” one, can’t wait to give this a try.

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! We’ve used this recipe many times and I hope you love it as much as we do. 🙂

  11. Hotly Spiced says:

    I found the comments! Thanks for letting me know. I didn’t realise I hadn’t clicked on the post! I think if you have the time, definitely make your own pizza dough. It certainly makes the best pizzas xx

    1. Tina says:

      Yay! 🙂

  12. Nothing beat good thick pizza crust! You didn’t need to tell me anything, Tina; the photos alone have me drooling! It’s 10 at night and I’m craving pizza crust! Looks delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      You are so sweet! 🙂

  13. A good recipe on pizza dough can always come in handy. This dough is prettier than one I’ve ever seen 😉 Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Tina says:

      Wow, thank you! 🙂

  14. Gretchen DeLone says:

    How many ounces does this recipe make? Thanks!

    1. Tina says:

      Gretchen, I’ve never weighed this dough. I’ll make sure to do that next time and update you.

  15. Ro vern says:

    I dont have dough hooks/mixer. Will working the dough by hand work just as well? hope so.

    1. Tina says:

      Yes but it will likely take a longer time to knead the dough. Let me know how you make out!

  16. Lynda says:

    Hi Looks So Yummy! Can You Use Just A regular Mixer?

    1. Tina says:

      I would have to say no on a hand mixer but some food processors have an available dough blade. If you don’t have a stand mixer, I think the best approach is probably good old fashioned elbow grease. Knead it by hand, but remember you are going for the smooth and elastic texture and it will take a long time to get it.

  17. Jill says:

    Is it possible to freeze the homemade pizza dough? And if so, how long will it last in the freezer?

    1. Tina says:

      Jill, I’ve never froze our pizza dough but I know you can freeze it. Here is a great source that gives step by step instructions. I hope that helps.
      http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-freeze-pizza-dough-178431

  18. Cindy says:

    Can’t wait to try it. I have a brand new candy apple red KitchenAid mixer with that hook as one of the included attachments and my bowl is glass so I can keep a close eye on it. This will be the 1st time using the dough hook. Wish me luck. We love PIZZA in our house. Thanks for posting this fabulous recipe!!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh how exciting! Good luck & let me know how you make out! 😁

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