I have been in a quest for the best homemade pizza dough recipe for as long as I have been in the USA. It needs to be delicious and chewy but doughy. Not an easy combination to come by. After a lot of trial and error, I stumbled upon the easiest and simplest to make homemade pizza dough recipe. I did not think much of it, but I made it anyway and it was finally perfect! The best thing is that with the same dough you can also make ciabata bread.
Ever since I started to make this homemade pizza dough recipe, we stopped buying pizza from the pizzeria and I think that you can see in the pictures as to why. It is perfect!
Not sure about the rest of the world but here in the US, for a good pizza you may pay up to $25-$30 for a really good one. I have 5 teenagers at home which means that family night can run easily up to $75 .With this homemade pizza dough recipe, you make your own for a fraction of that.
One of my secrets is that I make my dough in the morning and then I just let it sit till the evening. This way, it has time to develop it’s flavor. You may also make this homemade pizza dough recipe the day before and store it in the refrigerator. Then an hour before you want to cook it, take it out and let it get to room temperature. Nothing easier than that.
This homemade pizza dough recipe also provides entertainment for the little ones at home. They always love to play with dough and you could have them assemble their own pizza as well.
As a result this is also definitely the best homemade pizza dough recipe for pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday or any game day as a matter of fact!
Consequently,you could make as many pizzas as you want for a fraction of the cost of a store bought ones, you could customize them the way you and your guests want them and you could even grill them.
Another key to a perfect homemade pizza is the way you cook it. It needs a very hot oven and ideally a pizza stone. If you cannot find a pizza stone anywhere, then a simple terracotta tile will do the trick. Place either one in the oven the minute you turn it on and place the pizza on the stone to bake. It will chewy and perfect, just like if it was baked in a pizza oven.
Here it is ! The best homemade pizza dough recipe:
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tbs yeast dry
- 1 tbs salt
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
Mix the warm water with the yeast and the sugar and let it sit for 5 minutes until the yeast develops. Make sure that the water is lukewarm and not hot.
Add 2 1/2 cups of flour with the proofed yeast and mix well . if you have a standing mixer such as a Kitchenaid, set up the hook attachment.
Add the additional 2 1/2 cups of flour and the salt. Knead the dough until it gets smooth. In the Kitchenaid it should take about 7 minutes. Longer if you are doing it by hand.
Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and let it sit for at least an hour till it doubles.
When you are ready to make the pizzas, pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil on each pizza pan (if you are making them in a pan otherwise you don't need it) and evenly coat the bottom.
Preheat the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Remove the dough from the bowl and add a little bit more flour as needed till the dough isn't sticky anymore.
Split the dough in half and roll each ball of dough very thin and place it on a pan. If you are placing it straight on a pizza stone then start assembling it on the transfer paddle that you will place it in the oven with.
Top your pizza dough however you like it! This is the fun part. Don't forget to leave 1/4 inch around the sides without sauce and toppings as this is the edge of the crust.
Bake each pizza separately at 425 degrees for 18 minutes.
if you are forming this into a ciabatta bread, it will need to be backed for about 35 minutes at the same temperature.
Honestly this homemade pizza dough recipe is so easy, that if you mess it up, I will be very curious to know how you did it!
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