Homemade pizza dough really isn’t hard to make and it makes for a fabulous, fun interactive cooking event. After making this delicious dough in advance, I like to set-up a pizza toppings bar with a variety of different sauces, chopped vegetables, meats and shredded cheese and let everyone get in on the pizza making fun. This homemade pizza dough is my “go to” and it always works.
I used bread flour for this pizza dough recipe because I like the crunch it gives to the crust. If you prefer a more chewy texture you can substitute all purpose flour in the same amount. When I’m planning a friends and family movie night I like to make several batches in advance then cover and chill. Even when the dough is chilled in the refrigerator it will continue to slowly rise. To separate, punch the dough down to release the air pockets then divide using a pastry cutter or a sharp knife. Give each person a piece and let everyone top their own pizza the way they want. It’s a lot of fun and it gets the kids involved, too. Expect lots of chatter, laughter and mishaps it comes with the territory but, it’s worth it.
- 5 cup bread flour
- 2 ( ¼ oz) envelopes rapid rise yeast
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 2 cup warm water (110-115°F)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix together the bread flour, dry yeast, salt and sugar.
- While the mixer is running, drizzle in 2 cups of warm water mixed with 2 Tbsp olive oil. If needed add additional water 1 Tbsp at a time until the dough is fully moistened. Knead until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Turn onto a non stick surface and by hand knead 8-10 times or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Return to the bowl and Drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Turn to coat all sides. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
- Divide the dough in half and top with your favorite pizza toppings.
- Bake assembled pizzas in a preheated 450°F oven for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden.