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Pizza dough recipe from scratch. Homemade pizza dough for family pizza nights. Easy recipe for a delicious pizza crust.

Pizza dough recipe

This family has fallen in love with pizza on the grill! To go with mom’s pizza night, we needed an easy delicious sauce and dough recipe.

At first I thought we’d use the pre made pizza rounds or store bought dough you can find in the refrigerator section. But those left us craving real pizza!

Fast forward a few years and we now make pizza dough from scratch almost on a weekly basis. And before you think it’s out of your comfort zone, it’s really more about time management than anything else.

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This soft chewy dough is perfect for the oven or for taking it to the backyard to throw on the grill. Add a little garlic butter for dipping and this too will become a weekly staple for your family meal plan.

PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE

Ingredients – Makes 3 pizzas

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 ½ tsp. yeast
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt

Optional Herbs

  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp.  oregano 
homemade dough with a soft chew texture.

ACTIVATE THE YEAST

Combine 1 ½ cups warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.

Activated frothy yeast in a glass measuring cup.

In large bowl mix 4 ½ cups flour, 1 ½ tsp. salt and herbs (optional). Add water and oil. Mix until dough forms.

Kneed on counter approximately 5-7 minutes, until it springs back to the touch.

Form into ball and cover bowl with plastic wrap or clean dish towel.

Set aside 60-90 minutes to rise.

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PIZZA ACCESSORIES TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

When we first started making pizza all I had was a pizza stone. It was a great start to our pizza night collection and one I can’t image making pizza without.

The pizza peel is a lifesaver when trying to transfer the round pizza dough to the oven. (bonus I hang my wood pizza peel on the wall for decoration when not in use) With a little flour on the peel it slips right off onto the warm pizza stone to cook.

And lastly we have the pizza cutter. This little gadget makes slicing this bad boy into 8 slices so easy, and when the kids ask for half a slice more, it’s easy to make the smaller slices for them.

Homemade pizza on a pizza peel.

CAN I FREEZE THIS PIZZA DOUGH

We sure have! Make the pizza dough the same way and place in a ziplock back. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Once ready to use place in the refrigerator overnight. The next day place on the counter 4 hours prior to use. This way has made for a sticker dough, so I like to place a bit more flour out before shaping them into round pizzas.

PLANNING AHEAD

Since the pizza dough does take about an hour and a half to rise, this meal does need to be planned in advance and timed out. What I do is start this pizza dough at 2:30 in the afternoon right before I the pick the girls up from school. By the time we’re ready to start making dinner around 4:00pm this dough is ready to go.

Another option is to make this recipe ahead and pop it in a gallon ziplock bag in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Be sure to take it out about 3 hours prior to cooking to allow the dough to rise.

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Easy and delicious pizza dough recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Allow to rise 90 minutes1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Grilled Pizza, Pizza, Pizza dough
Servings: 12
Calories: 236kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 2 ½ tsp. yeast
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt

Optional Herbs

  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano

Instructions

  • Combine 1 ½ cups warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • In large bowl mix 4 ½ cups flour, 1 ½ tsp. salt and herbs (optional). Add water and oil. Mix until dough forms.
  • Kneed on counter approximately 5-7 minutes, until it springs back to the touch.
  • Form into ball and cover bowl with plastic wrap or clean dish towel.
  • Set aside 60-90 minutes to rise.
    homemade pizza

Notes

Makes 3 pizzas 
  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on brands of ingredients used and cooking methods.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg
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