It’s easier than you think to make homemade pizza dough. What you get is a super soft dough that turns into the chewiest, most tender crust ever.
Whenever I’m in a pinch, which is at least more than once a week, instead of reaching for the take-out menu, I throw together this super easy pizza dough recipe and make homemade pizzas, stromboli’s, calzones etc. It’s such a better option than ordering out because not only are you saving money, but you can tailor it exactly how you want it and there’s nothing more satisfying than making a pizza from scratch! This dough is ready to go in just under an hour with little prep time. I have made this dough over and over and over again so it is absolutely fail-proof!
To prepare this dough, you only need a few simple, basic ingredients – flour, water, yeast, garlic powder, olive oil salt, and sugar. I use my stand mixer and have never made it by hand but you can absolutely do so but I find my mixer + dough hook is much easier because it does all the work for me!
You will notice that as you are making this dough, on warmer/humid days you may need more flour – this usually happens during the Summer and during the cooler months when the air is much drier, you may need less flour. I normally use anywhere between 2 1/2 -3 cups of flour and adjust from there. Your dough is perfect when it is still slightly tacky. The dough should be sticky but manageable. If it sticks to your hands, you probably need more flour. If you add too much flour, then you run the risk of having a tough or dry pizza crust, and we don’t want that! We want chewy, tender crusts here. It WILL stick to the bottom of the bowl slightly while kneading but should pull right off. You want your dough to be smooth, soft and supple like a baby’s bottom!
Before & after rising:
The dough will rise in an oiled bowl for about 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size and then it’s ready to go. Punch that big fat puffy dough baby down and get to work!