How to Make Pizza Dough at Home

Make pizza every weeknight by mastering how to make your own dough. This chewy and flavorful dough is easy to work with either by hand or using your mixer’s dough hook.

Begin with a bowl of warm water, add sugar and stir in active dry yeast. Then combine all other ingredients and knead until smooth.

Ingredients

Making homemade pizza dough requires only a few ingredients. Some essentials include salt, yeast, sugar, flour and olive oil.

Combine all dry ingredients with a fork, then gradually add warm water and yeast until you have an airy mixture that’s slightly sticky to handle. Transfer this dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for approximately 10 minutes.

When ready to bake, place your dough on an oiled baking sheet and top with sauce and cheese. Bake until the crust has puffed up with air bubbles and browned on the bottom, and the cheese has melted and become lightly browned in spots.

Preparation

Make your own pizza dough using these ingredients: flour, salt, yeast and water. These can all be combined and kneaded in a mixer to form the dough.

Additionally, you will require a flat work surface. A clean and level workspace makes it much easier to transfer dough onto a baking sheet without fear of sticking.

For the ideal pizza crust, you need a chewy, crispy base that holds toppings well. To achieve this result, slow fermentation of your dough is key – it adds flavors and gives it an ideal texture.

Kneading

Kneading is the process of mixing ingredients to form gluten. This step is essential when baking, as it ensures all flour has been fully hydrated and gives the dough its characteristic texture.

When dry and wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, the water penetrates evenly into the flour, causing it to rise. That is why most bakers take time to thoroughly mix their dry and wet ingredients before kneading them together for best results.

When kneading pizza dough by hand or with a mixer, the texture should be smooth and pass the finger poke test (when poked with your finger, it should slowly spring back). If the dough appears sticky, add additional flour one tablespoon at a time until you achieve your desired outcome.

Rising

Rising is the process by which dough expands and puffs up, creating air pockets that give it its light and fluffy texture.

The initial step in raising yeast is activating it by adding warm water and sugar.

Once the yeast is activated, add it to the flour and combine with either a dough hook or by hand until you have formed a sticky but not wet dough.

Once again, allow to rise until doubled in size – approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Cooking

Making pizza dough requires precision and accuracy, which can be easily accomplished with a kitchen scale. This tool will enable you to precisely measure each ingredient and guarantee the correct amount of flour goes into your dough.

You will also need a bowl large enough to accommodate the dough and has a lid. A set of measuring cups will help you accurately measure water, while a bench scraper can be useful for both dividing the dough and taking it from its container.

Once you’ve kneaded your dough, it’s time for it to rise. A sunny spot in the kitchen or an appliance that generates some warmth (such as your oven) are ideal places for this step.