Homemade pizza dough recipe for beginners

      17

Some things are just so easy lớn make, I wonder why it’s the norm lớn buy them. Homemade pizza dough is one of those things. Here’s my recipe for easy pizza dough that makes for a soft, pillowy crust (and can even be made ahead)!

*

Usually our spotlight ingredients are, you know, actual ingredients (like beets or avocados or chickpeas). But this week is going lớn be a little different. This week is going lớn be all about PIZZA.

Bạn đang xem: Homemade pizza dough recipe for beginners

I’ve got so many pizza recipes lined up for you this week và I am *so excited*, but before we get into the toppings we should probably talk about the crust, right?

The pizza crust is a make-or-break element to any good pizza, so today I’m showing you how lớn make a homemade pizza crust that’s fluffy, tender, và above all easy to make.

*

Homemade pizza dough ingredients

Warm water: There are no eggs or milk in pizza dough, just water!Yeast: I tested both instant (rapid rise) và active dry yeast here. Instant yeast gave the best results, but active dry yeast does a decent job if that’s all you have (it just may need a little more time to lớn rise).Sugar: Sugar is important to lớn help activate the yeast and keep the dough tender.Salt: A healthy spoonful of salt is essential for flavoring the pizza dough.Olive oil: Not only will olive oil help tenderize and flavor the dough, we’ll brush it on đứng top to create a golden crust.Flour: All-purpose trắng flour is perfect for homemade pizza dough. You can also use bread flour for a chewier texture, or Caputo Tipo 00 for a thin crust pizza.Cornmeal (optional): Most pizzas are dusted on bottom with cornmeal, which prevents the pizza from sticking to the pan while adding flavor and crunch. Use it if you have it!
*

Let’s make pizza dough!

Step 1: Proof the yeastCombine warm water (about 105 degrees F) with yeast and sugar. This is going to lớn activate the yeast while also helping you to lớn see if the yeast is alive. After 5 lớn 10 minutes, the mixture should be frothy (if not, discard & try again with fresher yeast). Set in the salt và olive oil.

Xem thêm: Dell Inspiron 15 3567 Pc Laptops & Netbooks, Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Model:3567 15

*

Step 2: set in the flourNow it’s time to lớn get messy. Phối the wet mixture into the flour. The dough will become difficult to mix with a spoon và eventually form a loose ball. Transfer the dough ball onto a lightly floured surface.

*

Step 3: KneadKnead by hand (8 minutes) or with the bread hook of a standing mixer (5 minutes), adding additional flour a tablespoon at a time if dough is really sticking to the surface. Pizza dough has been kneaded enough when it is smooth và passes the finger poke kiểm tra (when you poke it with your finger, the dough should slowly spring back).

*

How bởi vì you hand- knead dough?Work the dough into a ball, then press down & slightly forward with the heels of your hands. Fold the dough in half, then repeat. Kneading should be rhythmic & quick, and result in a smooth dough ball

Why vày you knead dough?Kneading develops the gluten proteins in the flour, which give it a soft interior và a crunchy exterior. Without kneading, less gluten develops & will result in a flat, dense dough.

*

Step 4: RiseAfter you’ve kneaded the dough and your forearms are ready khổng lồ fall off, place the ball in a lightly greased bowl, then cover with plastic wrap.Set in a warm place and let rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size.

*

Pro tip: lớn help you dough rise faster, heat your oven for just a few minutes lớn get it warm. Turn it off then set your dough inside the oven. The warm (but not hot!) temperature will help the pizza dough rise more quickly!

*

Step 5: DivideDivide the dough into two equal balls, then cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes. If you don’t plan on making 2 pizzas, you can freeze one of the balls now.

*

Step 6: RollTime to khung that classic pizza circle! You can either roll it out on a floured surface with a rolling pin (easiest) or stretch it by hand (most likely lớn make your Italian grandmother proud). Pizza should be about 12 inches wide (go wider for thin crust).

I like to roll my pizza crust directly on parchment paper. It prevents the pizza from sticking to lớn the surface and I can easily transfer it lớn the baking sheet!

*

Step 7: BakePreheat your oven with the pizza pan in it. Cooking your pizza on an already-hot pan will produce a crispy bottom & evenly cooked crust!

If you rolled the pizza dough on parchment paper, simply transfer the pizza và paper to lớn your baking sheet. Otherwise, dust the baking sheet with cornmeal or grease the baking sheet before laying on the dough.

Brush dough with a cảm biến of olive oil, then vị trí cao nhất with your favorite ingredients! Cook for 10 khổng lồ 15 minutes on a low rack, then broil about 2 minutes on the highest rack until cheese is golden.