Home-Made Pizza Dough Recipe Included
If you’re just getting started making your own pizza dough, the recipe below will be the lowest barrier, easy to follow, and will result in a pretty darn good pie.
If you’ve been following along at all, you know I love a good thin-based tortilla pizza. But sometimes, you really just crave that authentic, crispy doughy-ness that only a real pizza can provide. (read about making Robertas Pizza Dough)
Making pizza dough from scratch has always seemed pretty intimidating to me though. It requires things like kneading and yeast – what the hell even is that?? It also seemed like it’d take a shitload of time to make and then an even longer time having to wait for the dough to rise.
The Home-Made Pizza Dough Process
First of all, it took way less time than I expected. After seeing my hand-kneaded dough rise, smelling the heavenly scent of my own pizza baking in the oven, and finally tasting the crispy, mouthwateringly delicious pizza I made with my own hands, I wondered why I ever waited so long to do it in the first place!
Once I realized how simple it is to make real pizza dough (plus how freakin’ delicious it tasted!), I just couldn’t get enough of it!
Making your own pizza dough is the best way to go.
Here’s 5 Tips and Reasons to make your Own Pizza Dough AND a Free Recipe
1. Good Pizza Isn’t Always Easy To Find
I grew up in the greater NY area, so I was accustomed to being able to find pretty solid pizza nearby. But ever since moving, I found it very difficult to find a place I’d consider my go-to pizza joint.
So unless you live somewhere that’s known for their pizza, like NY, Chicago (if you’re into deep dish), or Italy, chances are you don’t necessarily have the best pizza restaurant right around the corner either.
And with all the different styles of pizza, a nearby restaurant that has “good” pizza might not actually have the style of pizza you really enjoy.
2. Homemade Pizza Will Taste Better
Once you have made your own dough a few times, I bet you can make pizza that tastes way better than any pizza chain and even lots of pizza restaurants.
That’s not to discredit them in any way. We have all been saved from hunger by ordering in a decent pizza along with the convenience of fast and free pizza delivery. However, gourmet pizza and homemade pizza is just on another level.
3. Satisfy Your ‘Za Craving Any Time
If you’re anything like me, you crave pizza all the time. Seriously. Even if not all the time, I think we can agree that everyone loves pizza and we definitely all have our pizza cravings.
And once you know how to make a decent ‘za, you can satisfy that craving at any time. Save the eating out for something more exotic or difficult to make at home, not for times when you feel like eating pizza.
Related reading: Making your own Mediterranean Pizza has never been this easy.
4. Dietary And Quality Control
If you have any sort of specific dietary needs, such as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, your options will be limited when you eat out or use something store-bought (and sometimes more expensive).
If you make pizza at home, you can decide what does and doesn’t make it into your pizza. This not only gives you dietary control, but also quality control.
If you’re into fresh, local, organic ingredients then it’s much easier to include that in your own pizza making than it is to find a nearby restaurant that satisfies those needs as well as the needs of your tastebuds.
“I love pizza. I want to marry it, but it would just be to eat her family at the wedding.”
— Mike Birbiglia
5. It’s Easier Than You Think
Contrary to what many people think (including myself at one point), making pizza from scratch in your own home is actually much easier than you think.
You don’t need to have any past pizza-making experience or even previous baking or cooking experience for that matter.
Heck, you don’t even need any of those fancy-shmancy pizza tools. You just need to know a few basics and you’ll be making tasty af pizza right in your own kitchen.
As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I’ve decided to do all I can to encourage and help fellow pizza lovers like yourself to make their own pizza from scratch right at home.
Seriously, once you try it you’ll be so glad you did. To help get you started, I’d like to give you instant access RIGHT NOW my free e-book, 5 Simple Steps to Making Your First Homemade Pizza and Pizza Dough.
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Ingredients and Method for Your First Batch of Pizza Dough
4 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp active yeast
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1. In a small bowl combine the yeast, water, and sugar and set aside.
2. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, and oil. Mix until well incorporated.
3. Add the yeast mixture from step 1 into the flour mixture from step 2. This is where things will start to get messy and the dough will stick to everything. That’s ok. Just mix it until there are no dry spots of flour.
4. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. (First time kneading? Watch how to knead pizza the right way.)
5. Oil a large bowl and place your kneaded dough ball in it. Cover with a damp tea towel or cling wrap and let rise for 2-3 hours at room temperature.
After 2-3 hours, your dough should have about doubled in size – woohoo! Fun, isn’t it? Once risen, it can be used to make your first homemade pizza. Learn some facts about pizza here.