Easy Homemade Pizza Dough


Weekend family movie nights are even more fun when pizza is involved—homemade pizza. This recipe is easy and perfect for when you have young helpers in the kitchen. The recipe makes two 12-inch pizzas, so everyone’s happy—your meat lovers and your vegetarians. Try using the second crust to make a pan pizza.


Ingredients

1 ½ cups warm water (not hot)

1 ½ packet active dry yeast

1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

2 Tsp. salt

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 ¾ cup bread or all-purpose flour


Directions

  1. Add 1 ½ cups warm water (not more than 110 degrees or you’ll kill the yeast) to the bowl of a stand mixer.

  2. Add 2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar to the water. After about 3 minutes you’ll see bubbles forming.

  3. Once the yeast mixture is bubbly, add 2 teaspoons of salt, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3 ¾ cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.

  4. Using a dough hook, knead the dough for 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth, elastic, slightly sticky, and soft. If after a few minutes of kneading, the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add a bit more flour.

  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a large bowl sprayed with olive oil, turning over once so the top of the dough is coated to keep it from drying.

  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a tea towel and let rise in a warm place.

  7. Let dough rise for a minimum of 30 minutes. An hour is better.

  8. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and separate it into 2 balls to make two 12-inch pizzas. Cover the dough balls with plastic and let them rest on a greased or floured surface for 20 minutes.

  9. Mash the dough with your hands, roll it out, add your favorite toppings, and bake in preheated oven at 450 degrees.