You can make this easy homemade pizza dough recipe anytime, any season, any day. Add your favorite toppings for a delicious snack, lunch, appetizer or supper.
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
Family pizza night is always fun. You can quickly make the easy homemade pizza dough recipe in advance, keep in the fridge up to 2 days or you can freeze it. It’s also an economical meal considering that a ‘take-out’ pizza is about $15.00 in most metro areas of the states.
I have to confess I only started to make pizza dough from scratch when I retired. Yes, I have always made homemade pizza, but I always used store bought dough. I usually picked it up in the supermarket. You can also stop in to your favorite neighborhood pizza restaurant and ask to buy a prepared pizza dough.
This pizza dough recipe was given to me by my daughter many years ago (which I never tried). She and her girlfriend would make pizza all the time for their friends on weekends. WOW, now that I think about it, that was a reaaaallllllly long time ago.
Here’s the easy dough recipe. I don’t know the source since it does not show on the photocopy my daughter gave me (it was back in the ’80’s).
Anyway lovely daughter insisted she give me a lesson on how easy it is to make the dough (now that I’ve retired and have more time). I’m glad she did because I was surprised at how fast it was to make. It was so much easier than I imagined.
When I first started making pizza dough I just used a large bowl, a wooden spoon and then kneaded with my hands. I didn’t have a stand mixer back then. The photos below are a bit blurry, but hopefully you get the idea. It’s really a 10 minute prep mixing ordeal.
Cover the dough and let it rest at least 1-2 hours. There were days that I had to run out to pick up my grandsons at school so the dough sat on the counter for several hours. It was always fine.
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe can be made early in the day, or a day in advance. Making a homemade pizza is a great way to get the family in the kitchen and make dinner together. With this dough you can make pizza, foccacia bread, calzones, or zeppole.
- 1 1/3 cups warm water (approx. 165 degrees)
- 1/2 tsp. honey (or use your preferred sugar)
- 1 pkg. dry yeast
- 2 TBLS. olive oil
- 2 tsp. salt
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- Measure water into large bowl. Add sugar to warm water and stir until dissolved.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the sugared water and let sit for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes stir well with whisk, then add the oil, salt and flour mixing well with a wooden spoon to blend. Then use your hands to be sure all the flour is mixed well with the liquid.
- Turn out the dough onto floured surface and knead, adding more flour if sticky. Turn the dough over, into itself, and continue kneeding for about 5 minutes or until smooth.
- Gather the dough into a ball and put into a greased bowl, covering with a damp towel (this will prevent the dough from forming a skin).
- Let rise, about 2 hours, until it doubles in size.
- Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. It will make 2 14 inch pizzas.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface to desired size.
- Place the rolled out dough on to a lightly oiled sheet of parchment paper lined pizza pan.
- Bake at 425 degree oven for 12-18 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.
This recipe makes a large dough. It can be cut in half to make 2 14" pizzas, or a pizza and 2 calzones, or 1 pizza and 1 foccacia bread. Or, you can easily freeze the dough and use it another day.
Add your favorite toppings to the prepared dough. When ready to bake place the pan on the bottom rack of oven at 425 degrees approximately 12-18 minutes, or until the bottom of the pie crust is lightly browned.
Now how easy was that! The actual prep for dough making is about 10 minutes. I make the dough early in the day and let it sit on the counter until I’m ready to make the pizza.
With this very easy pizza dough recipe you can also make calzones, stromboli, or foccacia bread.
I have also made the dough for future meals. I cut the dough in 2 equal pieces and then freeze each piece of dough individually wrapping it in parchment paper first and then seal in a freezer bag to use another day.
The only issue with freezing is that you need to know in the morning you want to make pizza so that the dough has time to defrost (needs several hours). I leave the frozen dough out on the counter for the day until I’m ready to use it. WARNING! if it’s the warmer months, leave the dough to defrost in the fridge.
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*THIS POST WAS UPDATED IN 2018.