Easy Tasty Homemade Pizza Dough

I’m so excited to finally share my Pizza dough recipe with the world. It’s kind of silly because out of all of the fun things I make pizzas dough is really kind boring. BUT, this pizza dough is fun, tasty, and super easy to make at home. Any one who knows me, knows how much I love making home made Pizza. My kids love making this dough as well and honestly is difficult to ruin. This recipe can be made in a stand mixer or by hand. Though it is a little messy and will take you tad bit longer by hand its totally doable. You can use a bench soft scraper or a rubber spatula to make things a little easier, an extra hand would be helpful as well.

Tips:

*Before you get started I recommend you gather all of your ingredients and make sure you have them on hand. If you don’t have Bread Flour you can use All Purpose Flour instead. Bread flour gives you a crispier pizza crust while all purpose flour gives you a chewier pizza crust.

*If you don’t have honey, agave or a liquid sweetener, you can use granulated sugar instead. Just add it to your dry ingredients instead of adding it to the liquid ingredients.

*Parmesan cheese and dry Italian seasoning are optional.
*Instant Dry Yeast, Rapid Rise Dry Yeast or Active Dry Yeast are all ok to use. I don’t recommend the bread machine yeast.

This dough is Vegan if you substitute the honey for granulated sugar. You can also use Gluten Free flour for a gluten free pizza crust.

Left overs and Veggies
This dough is also perfect for yummy Calzones.
Beacon, Ham and Cheese Calzone with Marinara sauce for dipping

Here are some fun Pizza topping ideas.

Taco Pizza : Refried beans, Monterey Jack cheese, Sliced green onion, Sliced black olives, Romaine lettuce, Chopped tomato, Crumbled tortilla chips, Mozzarella Cheese (yes More cheese) topped with Ranch Dressing.

Chicken Cesar Salad Pizza: Light Pesto Sauce, Grilled chicken, Tomatoes, Romain Lettuce (or kale), Crushed Croutons, Parmesan cheese and topped with Caesar dressing.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza: Roasted Garlic Hummus, Spinach, Chopped artichoke hearts, Mozzarella cheese, topped with Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Veggie Pizza: Hummus, Mushrooms Sauteed with onions & garlic, Cooked Chickpeas, Spinach, Kale, Red Peppers, Fresh basil, chopped Scallions.

Breakfast Pizza: Tomatoes, Spinach, Raw Eggs, Sausage or Beacon, Mozzarella cheese.

And my all time favorite, Sausage Pizza: Tomato Sauce, Sweet Italian sausage sautéed with onions and peppers, and Mozzarella cheese.

Alright Lets Get started!

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
This dough is Vegan if you substitute the honey for granulated sugar. You can also use Gluten Free flour for a gluten free pizza crust.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hr
Servings
12" Crusts
Ingredients
Liquid Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hr
Servings
12" Crusts
Ingredients
Liquid Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl combine flours, yeast, salt, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Mix with your dough hook or a by hand with a whisk until well combined.
  2. In a large measuring cup measure your warm water check that it is at about 110 degrees Fahrenheit NO HOTTER. Then add your oil and honey to the hot water. lightly mix together until somewhat combined.
  3. Turn on you mixer to speed 2 and quickly add you liquid mixture to the dry ingredients (if you add it slowly your warm water will get cold). If you are doing this by hand you can use a rubber spatula to mix your flour and have someone else add the water as you mix.
  4. Mix ingredients until you form a soft solid ball of dough about 3-5 minutes. *If your dough is too sticky, add more flour, 1 Tbsp at a time until your sough is soft and solid. *If your dough is to dry and hard add more water 1 Tbsp at a time until soft but still solid not too sticky.
  5. Scrape your dough on to a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth firm ball.
  6. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 tsp of oil. Add your dough ball to your bowl and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap Place your bowl in a warm area to proof for 1 hour (and let double in size) *I use the same mixer bowl just to save myself from too many dishes. *I place my bowl in my oven it has a bread proof setting but you can put it in a closet, next to a heater, or on top of your fridge. Anywhere warm but not hot. Anything over 110 degrees will kill your yeast and your dough won't rise.
  7. After an hour, turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
  8. Lightly flour your dough and roll each piece into two 12" round pies or 4, 6" personal pies. Place your dough on a sheet pan, pizza stone, or a pizza pan. *I sprinkle Semolina or Corn Meal on my sheet pan before adding my dough. Totally optional and not necessary but I love the rustic look and texture it gives my pizza when comes out of the oven. 
  9. Lightly poke the center of your dough with a fork (see image) and top with your favorite marinara sauce or pesto sauce and toppings. Bake at 450ºF for 15-20 min until your outer crust is browned.
Recipe Notes

Tips:

*Before you get started I recommend you gather all of your ingredients and make sure you have them on hand. If you don't have Bread Flour you can use All Purpose Flour instead. Bread flour gives you a crispier pizza crust while all purpose flour gives you a chewier pizza crust.

*If you don't have honey, agave or a liquid sweetener, you can use granulated sugar instead. Just add it to your dry ingredients instead of adding it to the liquid ingredients.

*Parmesan cheese and dry Italian seasoning are optional.
*Instant Dry Yeast, Rapid Rise Dry Yeast or Active Dry Yeast are all ok to use. I don't recommend the bread machine yeast.

*I sprinkle Semolina or Corn Meal on my sheet pan before adding my dough. Totally optional and not necessary but I love the rustic look and texture it gives my pizza when comes out of the oven. 

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