My favorite homemade pizza dough recipe

"The best pizza dough recipe" is what I Googled, and oh my goodness I think I found it!  Previously, I'd been using The Pioneer Woman's recipe, which is pretty darn good, but the new recipe I tried, I must confess, really rocked my homemade pizza world!  It's a good thick crust, with lightly crisp edges and bottom, but it's also doughy, chewy and airy- not dense or heavy at all.  It reminds me about my favorite things about Pizza Hut's crust, but it's less oily- win!

So are you just wanting the recipe for yourself already? Fair enough, here it is!
*Note, this dough is a bit sticky, and is easiest to work with using a mixer with a bread hook rather than hand kneading

My Favorite Homemade Pizza Dough
Adapted from "Jay's Signature Pizza Crust" on AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:
1.5 cups warm water
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 1/4 c. bread flour


What to do:
1. Pour the warm water into the bowl of your mixer.  Add the yeast and sugar stir, then set a timer for 10 minutes and allow the yeast to activate and foam up a bit.
2. Add the oil, salt and flour to the bowl. Mix using the dough hook attachment on low-medium speed for 5 minutes or until dough appears elastic and has pulled away from the sides of the bowl into one large piece.
3. Heat a mug of water in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Leave this mug in the microwave.  The steamy, warm microwave is going to be the perfect place for your dough to rise ;-)
4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl (use EVOO) then place in the (OFF) microwave with steamy mug for one hour.
5. Punch down the dough, knead slightly with your hands to remove the excess air (you will want to lightly oil your hands for this to avoid sticking).
6. Place dough in a large ziplock bag in the fridge until you're ready to use (up to 3 days).  Allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to rolling out. 
*I've found the best way to roll out the dough is to lightly oil the pizza pan, place the dough on it, flour a rolling pin and roll the dough right in the pan.
7. Bake at 425 with your favorite toppings for 16 minutes.
(For the pizza pictured, I used Classico ($1.64 at Target) jarred pizza sauce, skim mozzarella, reduced fat cheddar and turkey pepperoni)

Don't be intimidated by the number of steps, this recipe is TOTALLY easy, I made it at 11pm, half asleep for the following nights' dinner ;-)  Also, note the mug-microwave trick works with ANY yeast rising dough!
Hello, Lover.
Bubbly dough
Crispy underside, mmmm




3 comments:

  1. This looks seriously amazing. I have never made any type of dough (mostly out of fear of failure but also due to the lazy factor..). But the short list of ingredients and your simple instructions just might have me sold on this. And also? The pictures of the pizza are kind of making me drool right now. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. yummmm... makes me glad we're having pizza for dinner tonight. (But I think next time I'll try making my own crust!) ;)

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  3. Wow-- this pizza looks like a work of art! Going to use your recipe the next time I make-a da pizza. Tnx!

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