5 Reasons to Make Your Own Pizza (dough) at Home

If you've been following along at all, you know I love a good tortilla pizza. But sometimes, you really just crave that authentic, crispy doughy-ness that only a real pizza can provide.

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 whole thing just sounded like so much work (ugh), which is why it took me so long to try it. But after putting it off for too long, I finally decided to make my own pizza from scratch.

And boy, oh boy, am I glad I did!

Mmmmm!  A homemade slice of heaven πŸ™Œ

First of all, it took wayy less time than I expected.

Then, after seeing my hand-kneaded dough rise, smelling the heavenly scent of my own pizza baking in the oven, and finally tasting the crispymouthwateringly 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!

And ever since overcoming my silly fear of dough-making, I decided I wanted to do all that I can to encourage people to make their own pizza at home and to share all that I've learned along the way because, honestly, pizza you make yourself at home is the best damn pizza there is. To encourage you to get started, I've listed 5 reasons why you should make your own pizza (dough) at home.

 

Pizza dough in the making

 
 

1. Good pizza isn't always easy to find

You can’t go wrong with pizza, unless it’s terrible pizza.
— Andy Kindler

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. Thin crust pizza anyone??

2. Your homemade pizza will taste way better

After just a few times making pizza dough, 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. I'm sure they do a decent job. But there's really no comparison to a pizza you make yourself right at home.

3. Satisfy your 'za craving any time

I will always eat pizza! Always.
— Dylan Penn

If you're anything like me, you crave pizza all the time. Seriously. All. The. Time. Ok, 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. 

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 satifies those needs as well as the needs of your tastebuds. 

 

Fresh rocket is definitely one of my favorite toppings.

 

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.

Do you really love pizza?

I love pizza. I want to marry it, but it would just be to eat her family at the wedding.
— Mike Birbiglia

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 a copy of my free e-book, 5 Simple Steps to Making Your First Homemade Pizza + Dough. No fancy tools required. Just your love of pizza! πŸ•