Pizza Dough I

“This one is a quick recipe that merely involves mixing a few basic ingredients and patting the dough into the pan. No need to wait for the dough to rise with this approach.”

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A step by step guide for making homemade Pizza Dough. This easy pizza dough recipe is quick and inexpensive and adaptable for thin or thick crust pizza!

This basic Pizza Dough Recipe can make a thin crust pizza dough or a thicker, chewy pizza crust.  It makes a flavorful pizza crust that’s perfect for serving with any Pizza Recipe including: Pepperoni Pizza, Garlic Ranch Chicken Pizza, and Barbeque Chicken Pizza. Don’t forget to top it with my favorite 5-minute Pizza Sauce!

Tips for perfect pizza dough:

  1. Pre-bake the dough.  I’ve found that the key to this homemade pizza dough recipe is pre-baking it.  It’s absolutely essential to pre-bake the dough for 5-6 minutes before adding your toppings.  Once you’ve added Pizza Sauce and all your toppings, return it to the oven to finish baking! This will result in a crust that holds on it’s own and is crispy on the outside, and soft and airy on the inside.
  2. Let it RISE! You really need to take the time to let the pizza dough rise. I’ve tried many “no-rise” or “15-minute” pizza crust recipes, but I don’t think any of them taste as good as this one.  You can also make the pizza dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge, in an airtight container, overnight, to save time.
  3. Check the flour! In the recipe I call for bread flour but all-purpose flour works perfectly well for this recipe .  If you’d like to use whole wheat flour.
  4. To add flavor: This is a basic pizza dough recipe, but you can spice it up to make it more flavorful.  I sometimes add a couple dashes of garlic powder, dried basil, and oregano at step number 2 below.

    5. When rolling out the dough: It’s common practice to roll pizza dough on a floured surface, but I actually like to spray my counter with non-stick spray instead of using flour.  That way excess flour doesn’t make the dough tough and its really easy to stretch the dough with your hands.  You can also use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a circle, or your desired shape but I find that using my hands is just as easy.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

Option 1: Make the dough up until the first rise. Place the dough in an airtight container in the fridge to rise overnight, or for several hours, before rolling it out and pre-baking it.

Option 2: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with desired pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.

To freeze the dough: Form a ball with the dough and lightly spray it on all sides.  Wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a ziplock freezer bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  To thaw, place the pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight and roll it out when you are ready to pre-bake.

To freeze the pre-baked crust:  Make sure the crust cools completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and tinfoil and store it in your freezer.  Only freeze pre-baked crust without the toppings!


To Make this Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

All-purpose flour
Package active dry yeast
Vegetable oil
White sugar
Warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

You can find a copy of this recipe on the next page. Enjoy!


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