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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

This easy homemade pizza dough is ideal for making thick or thin crusted pizzas, garlic knots, calzones, strombolis, rolls, breadsticks and many more. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 medium pizzas
Author Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 3 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 and 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water, refer notes

Instructions

  1. Add flour, yeast and salt into the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together to combine.

  2. Add olive oil, stir with a butter knife or spoon to distribute and then stir in water lukewarm water until moistened.

  3. Attach bowl to the stand mixer along with the dough hook and knead on high speed for 2 minutes, until smooth. (If dough looks a bit dry then add water by the tablespoons or if it looks sticky then add 1 or 2 tablespoon flour and knead until it looks smooth again). You will need a soft but NOT STICKY dough. 

  4. Remove dough onto a counter and shape into a ball. Lightly coat the (now empty) bowl with olive oil on all sides. Place dough back into the bowl and turn it around, so it coats with oil on all sides. Cover bowl tightly with a clean kitchen towel and place in the warmest spot of your kitchen for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

    (During cooler days, I adopt to the oven method to rise the dough : Set the oven temperature to 170 degrees F (or the lowest that your oven can go to). As soon as the oven begins to heat, let it warm up for 20-30 seconds (don’t let it go to 100 degrees). Turn the oven off and place the bowl inside and let rise until doubled. If the oven reaches 100 degrees or higher, leave the oven door open for a few minutes to cool it down a touch before keeping the dough). 

  5. Use pizza dough in your favorite recipe. 

    (Makes dough for 2 medium size pizzas)

Recipe Notes

Luke warm water is 105F – 115F. An easy way to check without a thermometer- sprinkle few drops of water on the inside of your wrist. It should neither feel hot nor cold.