As promised, here is my mom’s pizza dough recipe. It’s not hard to make, but it takes a little bit of time, so you have to plan ahead. You can make it by hand or if you have a bread machine you can use that too. Either way it’s nice to be able to make a pizza entirely from scratch! This batch makes enough for 2 pizzas.
1 1/3 cups warm water
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1 packet of dried yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
3/4 tsp salt
4 cups of flour (bread flour works best, but all-purpose will work too)
Directions for Bread Machine
- If making this in a bread machine, place all the ingredients in the pan and set on the DOUGH cycle. Don’t accidentally set it to bake or you’ll just end up with bread. 🙂 Can’t be simpler!
Directions for Making Dough By Hand
- Place water, oil, and sugar in a large bowl. Sprinkle on the yeast, and let it dissolve for a minute or so to activate it.
- Add 3 cups of the flour and the salt and stir well. Keep adding the last cup of flour, a little at a time, until it forms a ball of dough. I didn’t need to use the whole last cup, only part of it. The dough should have enough flour in it that it isn’t sticking to your hands and the board, but not so much that it is falling apart. If you accidently put in too much flour, add just a little bit of water or olive oil to get it back to the right consistency.
- Generously flour a cutting board or clean counter top and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-8 minutes). Add more flour as needed to keep it from sticking to the board or your hands. If you need a good demo on kneading dough, check out this video from Epicurious.
- Lightly oil a large bowl. Gather the dough up into a ball and place it in the bowl. Turn the dough once to coat it with oil. Place a clean cotton or linen towel over the bowl and set it in a warm place to rise (about 45 min. – 1 hr.) The dough should be approximately doubled in size when it is risen.
Directions for Finishing the Pizza
- When the dough cycle has completed in the bread machine, or the dough has finished rising in the bowl, turn out the dough onto a lightly oiled pizza pan. Divide the dough evenly in half and place the second half on another oiled pizza pan.
- Let it rest for a couple minutes, then gently stretch it out to cover the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
- Add the sauce and toppings of your choice. Don’t put too much sauce on or it will get soggy.
- Bake the pizzas at 400°F for about 15 – 20 minutes. About halfway through the baking, swap the pan from the bottom to top rack, and top to bottom rack in the oven, so that the bottom crust and the top get evenly cooked. The crust should be a nice golden brown color when the pizzas are done.