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How to Make Pizza Dough: A Simple and Easy Recipe

Homemade Pizza Dough
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You’ve always wanted to learn how to make pizza dough for a delicious homemade meal? This quick and easy pizza dough recipe with only a couple base ingredients makes for a great start!

How to Make Pizza Dough: A Simple Recipe

For this homemade pizza dough recipe (serves 3-4 people), you’ll need the following ingredients (ideally fresh and organic):

  • 4 cups of flour
  • one pinch of salt
  • one small package of yeast
  • small amount of warm water (for the yeast)
  • ¼ cup of taste-neutral oil (e.g. canola oil)
  • ½ cup of lukewarm water
  • Extra flour for the baking sheet

In addition, this pizza base recipe also requires:

  • a mixing bowl
  • a cup
  • a wooden spoon
  • a measuring cup
  • a food processor (or simply knead the dough by hand)
  • a baking tray
  • a rolling pin

Kneading the Dough for Your Homemade Pizza Base

How to make pizza dough: kneading the dough
Important in any pizza dough recipe is letting the dough rise: 20 minutes in a warm place should do the trick. (Photo: Melanie von Daake / Utopia)

As in any pizza recipe, the dough is up first. This is how to make homemade pizza dough:

  1. Place the yeast together with a pinch of sugar and some lukewarm water into a cup.
  2. Stir until the yeast has completely dissolved in the water.
  3. Pour the flour into a mixing bowl, then add the yeast-mix, oil, salt and the lukewarm water.
  4. Knead the mixture until firm and smooth to the touch. The dough should no longer stick to your fingers. If the dough is too moist, add a bit of flour.
  5. Now cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the pizza dough rise for at least 20 minutes in a warm location.
  6. Knead the dough thoroughly once more. Your pizza base is now ready for rolling or stretching!

Homemade Pizza: Ingredients for the Tomato Sauce and Toppings

How to make pizza dough: recipe toppings sauce
Flour, pizza dough, tomato sauce, toppings and there you have it – it’s time to stack that cheese. (Photo: Melanie von Daake / Utopia)

You can stark making the sauce, while your homemade pizza dough is rising – we’ll show you how to. You’ll need:

  • 10 oz. puréed tomatoes in a jar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • oregano, basil, and marjoram (as preferred)

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix together. As far as toppings go, any vegetable will do the trick along with some mozzarella or gouda cheese. This pizza base recipe is in itself vegan; what comes on after, however, is up to you. Vegans can have a try at this vegan mozzarella “cheese” recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Rolling, Adding Toppings to Your Pizza Base and Baking

how to make pizza dough – make pizzas of any size
Now that you’ve learned how to make pizza dough, you can craft pizzas of any size – let your appetite make the call! (Photo: Melanie von Daake / Utopia)

Before you move along with the recipe in turning your pizza dough, completely cover the baking sheet with a thin layer of flour.

Now that you’ve learned how to make pizza dough, you can use the recipe for pizzas of varying sizes – mini pizzas are sure to be a hit with the kids. You can either roll out (or, as some recommend, stretch out) the dough into one large pizza or two or three smaller ones – it’s up to you!

  1. The dough should be firm enough to be stretched into the desired shape. If the dough is too robust at first, lay it on the baking sheet and roll it gently with the rolling pin.
  2. Before adding toppings to your pizza, lift the rolled edges of the pizza and sprinkle some flour onto the baking sheet.
  3. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza base in a circular motion until the entire pizza is covered.
  4. Now it’s topping time! Add whichever toppings you like.
  5. Grate (or slice) the cheese over your pizza and it’s off to the oven.

Place the finished pizza into your oven without preheating it. Set the oven to 350°F (fan oven) and bake the pizza for about 20 minutes. Buon appetito!

Here’s One More Pizza Dough Recipe: Pizza Rolls

This pizza base recipe is also a fine one to use for making pizza rolls. To do this, roll the pizza dough relatively thin and coat it with the tomato sauce. If preferred, top the pizza dough with some grated cheese. Roll the pizza dough up and cut into half-inch pieces. These will need around 15 to 20 minutes in the oven at 350°F (fan oven).

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This article was translated and ajusted from German by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Pizzateig selber machen: Rezept für hausgemachte Pizza

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