Here is the recipe for my favorite basic pizza dough. I’ve been using this for so many years that it’s origins have long since been forgotten (although I think I may have adapted it from a recipe that I originally found in a magazine). It’s perfect for making homemade pizzas for family pizza night, and it can also be used for calzones, stromboli, or anywhere else you would use pizza dough. It comes together fast, and then just needs to rise for about an hour, so there’s no need to plan ahead.
I call it Everyday Pizza Dough because that’s just what it is – a basic pizza dough recipe that makes delicious homemade pizzas and has never failed me yet. I’ve tried many recipes and techniques for homemade pizza, but this is the one that I keep coming back to. It’s a no-frills recipe for a great pizza dough that requires only a hot oven and a sheet pan or a cast-iron skillet. And if you’re planning on making homemade pizza, you should check out my recipe for Quick and Easy Pantry Pizza Sauce, too!
And even though I say this is a basic recipe, it’s also versatile and you can totally customize it to your liking. Try adding some rosemary or dried basil to the dough for extra flavor. If you like a crispy crust, roll it out thin. If you want a deep-dish pizza, pat it out into a high-sided cast-iron skillet. Just go ahead and use this pizza dough however you would use store-bought dough. And this recipe can be doubled, so go ahead and make an extra batch to stash in the freezer to use another day
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I hope you enjoy!
- ¾ cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
- 1 packet active dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
- 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (plus a little extra for kneading and rolling out dough)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar, and olive oil. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until mixture becomes foamy.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Stir to combine.
- When yeast is foamy, stir in the flour, adding a little at a time until the dough comes together (you may not need all of the flour). It will be slightly sticky and soft at this point.
- On a lightly-floured surface, knead the dough for 8-10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough seems too sticky, add a little more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Shape kneaded dough into a ball, then place in an oiled bowl. Cover bowl with a towel and place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour, or until dough doubles in size.
- Gently punch down the risen dough and then immediately pat it into shape or roll it out on a lightly-floured surface.
- If using a pan to bake the pizza, you will need to oil the pan. If using a pizza stone, sprinkle with cornmeal. Add your choice of toppings. Bake in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for approximately 15-20 minutes depending on thickness of pizza.
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