This homemade pizza dough is simple and easy to make with the help of a stand mixture, all-purpose flour, salt, yeast, water, and olive oil. Activate the yeast. Pour all the ingredients into the stand mixer with the dough hook. Set aside covered. Punch down and portion. Set out and Bake!
Most pizza recipes include bread flour. However, since we live in the world of COVID-19, I decided to make mine with all-purpose flour instead. All-purpose flour is the regular flour you most likely have in your pantry. This means homemade pizza dough can be in your future soon too!
I used a pizza stone but you can make this recipe on a regular baking sheet or cast-iron skillet. A pizza stone is generally made of clay or stone and is a great tool for making homemade pizzas or flatbreads. The stone absorbs moisture out of your homemade dough while it bakes which results in a crispier crust to your pizza.
Can you substitute all purpose flour for bread flour?
Bread flour can be substituted with all-purpose flour. Bread flour has a higher gluten content and requires more liquid. When substituting all-purpose flour for bread flour, either add more flour (usually 1 tbsp per 1 cup flour) or add less water. You can use either bread flour or all propose flour when making homemade pizza dough.
What is activating the yeast mean?
Activating the yeast is done to check if yeast is still good. You add the yeast to warm water with sugar and let sit for 5 minutes. If the yeast is still active there will be mixture of bubbles and a yeasty aroma, the yeast is still good. Activating the yeast is important when making homemade pizza dough.
Why do you punch down the dough when making bread?
Punching down the dough removes the large gas bubbles formed by the yeast during rising process. It also redistributes the yeast cells, sugar and moisture so they can ferment and rise the dough during the proofing stage. The dough should be punched when making homemade pizza dough.
Homemade pizza dough is fun surprise to make for people of all ages. Everyone gets to pick their own toppings and try each others creations.
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Mix together warm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl or measuring cup. Let the rest mixture sit for 5 minutes covered.
- Add olive oil, salt and flour to a large bowl which attaches to your stand mixture.
- Fit stand mixture with a dough hook and mix for 2 mixtures on low speed.
- Add yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix for 15 minutes on low speed.
- Take the dough out of the bowl and knead for 2-5 minutes until it forms a ball.
- Oil the dough ball and place into a bowl and leave to rise for about 1-2 hours depending on the temperature. You want to the dough to double in size.
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
- Once the dough has doubled cut it in half with a dough cutter or knife.
- Place parchment paper on a baking sheet or counter.
- Slightly cover the parchment paper with semolina flour.
- Using your finger tips stretch out the dough on top of parchment paper.
- Cover with sauce cheese and toppings of your choice.
- Place into the oven for 10-15 minutes.