Best Homemade Pizza- Pizza Dough, Sauce & More

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This Easy Homemade Pizza Dough is made with simpleton ingredients, and works absolutely for everything from thick crust to thin crust, breadsticks, or even grilled pizza. We ’ ll walk you through everything bit-by-bit so that you ‘ll be making delectable pizzas like a pro in no time .

Easy Make-Ahead Pizza Dough

We don ’ thymine call this recipe Easy Homemade Pizza Dough for nothing. It uses just 6 ingredients, no fancy flours, and comes together in a snap.

You can even make the boodle a day in promote – all it takes is a few minutes out of your day, and a little refrigerator space. Making it ahead of time actually improves the flavor of your dough because the yeast has enough time to sit and do its thing
If you don ’ t have time for a decelerate lift, no worries. Go ahead and let the boodle rise for about 15-30 minutes at room temperature before shaping and bake .
Or, you can make the dough first thing in the morning and throw it in the electric refrigerator to use by and by on the same night. There international relations and security network ’ triiodothyronine in truth an exact timeline for how long the dough needs to rise. We ’ ra tell you, this recipe turns out capital every time !
And, if you want delicious pizza at dwelling but want to skip the boodle, we ’ ve still got you covered .
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Ingredients in Homemade Pizza Dough

  • Flour – we use all-purpose flour but you can also use bread flour.
  • Salt – salt is important for the flavor and for the structure of any bread, so don’t forget to add it!
  • Water – warm water is best because it helps to wake up your yeast.  It should be between 95-110 degrees F.  
  • Yeast – we use active dry yeast in this recipe, which needs to be proofed.  (check out our Homemade White Bread recipe for more info on activating yeast).  If you use instant yeast, you can skip the proofing step and just mix the dough together, knead and then let rise.
  • Sugar – we use regular granulated sugar, but you could also substitute honey.
  • Oil – olive oil, or else any other cooking oil that you’d like to use.  It’s best to use something with little flavor, like avocado oil.

Homemade Pizza Dough – For Beginners

  1. Proof the yeast.  In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast and mix well.  Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy and bubbly.  
  2. Mix the pizza dough.  Once your yeast has “proofed,” add the olive oil, salt and about 1 ½ cups of flour.  Using a paddle or dough hook, mix until all the ingredients are completely combined.  Add in the rest of the flour, about a ¼ cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl.
  3. Shape into a dough ball.  Mix on low speed for another 1-2 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape the dough into a ball.
  4. Let the dough rest. If you are making the dough ahead, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight. Otherwise, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for about 15-30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  5. Spray a large baking sheet or a round pizza pie pan with non-stick cooking oil. Place the dough in the middle of the baking dish and use your flat palm to stretch and shaple the pizza dough to the edges of the baking dish. If your dough is tough to work with, simply let it rest for a minute or two and it will relax enough to work with.
  6. If you’re wondering how thick your dough should be after you spread it, I would say somewhere in the range of ¼” and 1’3 inch in the center and the edges, the crust can be closer to ½”. If you’re wanting more of a chicago Style pizza. You can make your pizza in a pan with higher edges and make the crust up to ½” in the center and ¾ on the edges. You will just need to bake your crust longer if you prefer a thicker crust.

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Sauces for Homemade Pizza

We normally use marinara sauce or tomato sauce from a clash. Or, you can much find pre-made marinara sauce in the delicatessen sphere at your grocery memory .
When you have a bit more time, these recipes would all make amazing sauces and spreads for your homemade pizza recipe :

  • Make your own Homemade Marinara Sauce. This takes a little time but the results are phenomenal.
  • Spread a thin layer of Garlic Butter over your crust before adding cheese and any toppings.
  • Use Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce to make a white pizza.
  • Try using the Homemade Pesto from this Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe.
  • You can also use tomato sauce as homemade pizza sauce. Just add an even thin layer of tomato sauce to your dough and then to season, add some garlic powder and italian seasonings like you would if you were salting your food. A little seasoning goes a long ways.

Best Cheese to Use

  • To get that amazing cheese pull we all love, use a pizza cheese blend or make your own. Pizza cheese is a mixture of mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan. This will give you the best result for a classic cheese pizza.
  • You can use lots of other varieties of cheese too. You can use a smoked cheddar or smoked gouda along with some mozzarella for a smokey flavor. (This is incredible on a BBQ Chicken Pizza)
  • Pepperjack is a great addition to a spicy pizza. (You can add this to a buffalo chicken pizza and the flavor is amazing.)
  • If you want to try another type of cheese, start by adding half mozzarella and and then half of whatever kind of cheese sounds great. Mozzarella is a great base and has such a mild flavor. Experiment away!

Pizza Flavors & Topping Ideas

Our family is a pepperoni and cheese kin all the direction. But it ’ s besides our humble opinion that there are no bad pizza toppings. Yes, we even support pineapple or cayenne on pizza – whatever floats your boat ! here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing …

  • Meat Lovers with cooked sausage, diced ham, and grilled chicken
  • Margherita-style with fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella
  • Spinach and Artichoke with artichoke hearts, cooked spinach, and mozzarella cheese
  • BBQ chicken with grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, onions and mozzarella cheese
  • Veggie pizza loaded with your favorite fresh veggies, thinly sliced red onions, and mozzarella cheese
  • Mexican pizza with refried beans, corn, cilantro, sliced jalapeños, and a Mexican cheese blend
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza– You can use a white sauce or an alfredo sauce for the base, mozzarella cheese and then some chicken, covered in buffalo sauce. Top that baby with some green onions, blue cheese crumbles and some jalapenos and you’ve got yourself a party.

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Whenever you make pizza dough, you might a well double ( or triple ) it. It ’ second no more unmanageable to make extra, and it is extremely simple to freeze for another day .
Before you freeze your boodle, let it rise wholly, then shape into rounds and transfer each dough ball to a deep-freeze bag. Press lightly to remove any air from the bag and flatten the dough slightly, then seal it wholly. It can remain frozen for up to 3 months .
It besides works to freeze dough that has risen lento in the electric refrigerator, so wear ’ thymine worry if you ’ ve made your dough and then plans have changed by the adjacent day. Just toss it in a deep-freeze bag and save it for a showery day .

How to Thaw Pizza Dough

To thaw your boodle, pull it from the deep-freeze the day before you want to use it and let it thaw overnight in the electric refrigerator. The following day, remove the boodle from the cool and let sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes, then use however you ’ d like .
Pizza dough spread onto a pizza pan topped with sauce, cheese and pepperoni.

How to Make Homemade Pizza

  1. Make your dough.
  2. Preheat the oven to between 450-500 degrees F. at least 30 minutes ahead of time.
  3. Choose your pan.  If you use a pan, you can shape and build your pizza directly in the pan.  If you are using a pizza stone, you’ll need to shape and build it on a baking peel.
  4. Stretch and shape the dough.  If your dough was in the fridge, let it come to room temp for about 15 minutes so that it will be more pliable and easier to work with.  Lightly flour your hands, then stretch, pull and press your dough to the size of the pan, without forcing it too much.  If it starts to resist, let the dough relax for a couple of minutes and then continue.  You can also try using a rolling pin, or check out this video (around the 6:15 mark) from our Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza post to see how to stretch and toss a pizza dough like a pro!
  5. Add your sauce, toppings and cheese.  
  6. Optional: Brush the edges with olive oil or butter.
  7. Bake pizza between 450-500 degrees.  The time will depend on the size of your pizza, pizza baking temp, thickness of the dough, etc, so keep an eye on it and once the edges are golden brown and your cheese has melted, it’s good to go!

Homemade Pizza crust on a pizza pan before bakingWhat Temp to Cook Pizza Dough The unretentive answer to what temp to cook pizza boodle is hot ! Those brick oven pizzas at your darling pizza topographic point can get up to 600 degrees, just to give you an mind.

Overall, our pizza baking temp recommendation is between 450-500 degrees F. Go much lower and you ’ ll find yourself with a pizza crust that is bad, boggy or both.
For a pizza with a compact crust, or for something like
Stuffed Crust Pizza, you ’ ll want to reduce the pizza baking temp down to around 400 degrees. This gives the boodle a casual to bake all the way through before the outside gets besides dark.

Did you know that you can besides grill pizza dough ? It ’ s such a capital way to cook a pizza without having to heat up your sign of the zodiac on a hot day. You can find our recipe for Grilled Pizza Dough here. What tools do you need for homemade pizza?
Pizza Pan – You can truly make act with whatever you have on hand. A big bake sail, a round pizza pan, or a pizza stone will work great.

Pizza Cutter -You can use any pizza cutter, if you do n’t have one, a large, sharp knife will be finely besides.

Stand Mixer- If you have one, bang-up, it does make the homemade crust a little easier but if besides merely takes 5 extra minutes to make the crust by hand. What Is the Best Pan for Baking Homemade Pizza?

  • Cast Iron Skillet or Cast Iron Pizza Pan: This is a great option for baking pizzas at home. Cast iron bakes very evenly and holds heat well, making for a crispy and chewy crust.  They are also very sturdy and will last forever – just make sure not to wash in your dishwasher.
  • Round Non-Stick or Aluminum Pizza Pan: Another great option is to use a wide-rimmed round pizza pan and a pizza wire.  Pizza wires help distribute heat evenly, and can be found at restaurant supply stores, or on Amazon.  They’ll give you a crispier crust.  You can also try and find a perforated pizza pan, which would eliminate the need for a pizza wire.
  • Pizza Stone: Place the pizza stone into a cold oven, then preheat them both together so that it gets nice and hot.  Shape and build your pizza directly on a baking peel, then transfer the pizza onto the hot stone to bake.  
  • Baking Sheet: If it’s all that you’ve got, that’s all you’ve got!  You can absolutely use a rectangular baking sheet, just be sure to lightly grease the pan before you add in your dough.
  • Deep Rectangular Cake Pan: If Detroit-style pizza is your thing, you can use a 2.5” deep cake pan.
  • Tips for Making Pizza in a Convection Oven at Home

    Be sure to preheat your oven. This is an significant step in making great pizza. This will help your crust cook a evenly as possible .

    • Adjust the racks in your oven so you have a rack on the two lowest racks in the oven.
    • Bake your pizza on one rack up from the bottom.
    • Check the bottom of your crust after it has baked for 10 minutes. If your crust looks a little soggy or it’s not baking at the same speed as the top of the pizza, move your pizza to the lowest rack.
    • If your pizza crust is already golden brown and the top isn’t done baking, slide another baking sheet or pizza rack under your pizza so it cools the baking process down a little until the top is golden brown.

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    More Pizza Baking Temp Tips and Tricks

    here are a few more tips to help you bake a arrant homemade pizza every time :

    • Let your oven preheat for a minimum of 30 minutes before you bake your pizza.  If you are using a pizza stone, let the stone preheat along with the oven so it’s piping hot when you transfer your pizza onto it.
    • Try to minimize the number of times that you open the oven door and let the heat escape.
    • Check your crust after it has baked 10 minutes and move your pizza up or down a rack if needed.
    • Bake your pizza at 425-450 degrees.
    • If you have a convection oven, you can probably achieve an even higher temperature.  This is the time to test the limits of your oven!

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    Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

    This Easy Homemade Pizza Dough is made with simple ingredients, and works perfectly for everything from thick crust to thin crust to even grilled pizza.  If you are a bread-making novice, have no fear!  We’ll walk you through everything step-by-step to making delicious pizzas like a pro in no time.

    Prep Time

    15

    minutes

    Rising Time

    30

    minutes

    Total Time

    45

    minutes

    Servings

    8

    pizza slices

    Calories

    167

    kcal

    Author

    The Carefree Kitchen

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup water warm ( 95-110 degrees F )
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 2 tsp active Dry yeast
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2.5 cups general-purpose Flour
    • 1

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      tablespoon olive oil or any cook petroleum

    Instructions

    To Make the Pizza Dough

    • In a medium-sized mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast and mix well.  Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy and bubbly.

    • Once your yeast has “proofed,” add the olive oil, salt and about 1 ½ cups of flour.  Using a paddle or dough hook, mix until all the ingredients are completely combined.

    • Add in the rest of the flour, about a ¼ cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl.

    • Mix on low speed for another 1-2 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape the dough into a ball.

    • If you are making the dough ahead, wrap it tightly and store in the fridge overnight. Otherwise, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for about 15-30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

    To Bake Your Homemade Pizza

    • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

    • With lightly floured hands, stretch and shape your dough into desired pan. If it begins to resist, let the dough relax for a couple of minutes and then continue.

    • Add your favorite sauce, toppings and cheeses, and brush the edges with olive oil or melted butter.

    • For a thin-crust pizza, bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the cheese has melted.

    Notes

    • For a pizza with a thick crust, reduce the oven temp to 400 degrees so that the boodle has a gamble to bake all the way through before the outside gets besides colored .

    Nutrition

    Calories:

    167

    kcal

    |

    Carbohydrates:

    32

    g

    |

    Protein:

    4

    g

    |

    Fat:

    2

    g

    |

    Saturated Fat:

    1

    g

    |

    Sodium:

    294

    mg

    |

    Potassium:

    51

    mg

    |

    Fiber:

    1

    g

    |

    Sugar:

    2

    g

    |

    Calcium:

    6

    mg

    |

    Iron:

    2

    mg

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