Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

 Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe -Homemade Pizza Dough has simple ingredients and is easy to make at home. Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

We love to make homemade pizza dough. It is super easy and inexpensive to make. Growing up my family used a pizza dough recipe from a favorite cookbook and I eventually memorized it. Well, you know how memories go.
I didn’t own the cookbook and I was tired of bugging my family again and again after I lost the recipe I wrote out so I started winging it. It turned out even better than following the original recipe had so we stuck with our new recipe. Today I thought I would share our favorite homemade pizza dough recipe and a new topping combination I tried today.

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
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Serves: 2
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1¾ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6-7 cups flour
  1. Mix yeast, sugar, and warm water in mixing bowl.
  2. Let set 5-10 minutes or until it has a nice bubbly look to the top.
  3. Add oil.
  4. Mix in 1 cup of flour and the salt.
  5. Add flour 1 cup at a time until you have added 6 cups total.
  6. Set your mixer to 2 and let it knead the dough for 3 minutes or by hand until it is nice and elastic. Add a little flour as need be so your hands don't stick.
  7. Dough will be slightly sticky.
  8. Cover dough with a paper towel or light weight towel and set on back of stove until dough doubles - 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 450
  10. Coat hands in oil, punch down dough and divide in 2 for 2 large pizzas.
  11. Oil a pan or use a baking stone without oil.
  12. Spread dough across pan, patching holes if they appear.
  13. Add favorite toppings.
  14. Bake at 450 until top is golden brown. Usually around 15 minutes.
  15. Pull the pizza out of the oven and let sit a few minutes. I know it is tempting to bite right in but the burnt tongue always ruins it for me. Plus, the toppings stay on better if it sets a few minutes.

Pizza Dough Making Tips

  • Keep the dough slightly sticky. It makes a more tender crust.
  • Sugar helps yeast grow.
  • A little oil on the crust helps it brown beautifully and give it some crispness
  • If you let the dough set a few minutes after you stretch it onto the pan, it will rise a little again and add a little lightness.
  • There is nothing better than homemade pizza crust.
  • Premake crust, wrap, and freeze for future meals. When you want to use it, pull out, top, and bake.

Favorite Pizza Toppings

  • mozzarella, cheddar, onions, garlic
  • mozzarella, cheddar, pepperoni, and onions
  • mozzarella, onions, mushrooms
  • goat’s cheese, caramelized onions, and prosciutto
  • ricotta, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil
  • mozzarella, broccoli, onions, and garlic

Honey goat's cheese and crisp rambo apples are perfect on this pizza. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar with apple pulp for a sweet and savory finish to our pizza crust recipe #pinterestfoodies with realthekitchenandbeyond.com

Featured Pizza Topping of the Day

For a sweeter touch, combine honey goat’s cheese, thinly sliced apples, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar with apple pulp before baking.

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe - Real: The Kitchen and Beyond


Heather McCurdy writes at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, where she provides easy, affordable recipes for busy families, allowing women to embrace the budget and spend more time with their families without the guilt of needing perfection.

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    • says

      It is, isn’t it? I am all about your chocolate stout waffles! I am going to have to try those and have a Chocolate Stout Cupcake in my near future. I love Chocolate Stout by itself so it HAS to be good in food.

    • says

      Ha. I wanted goat’s cheese and prosciutto but had no regular goat’s cheese so I thought I would try it as a dessert pizza. Baking it toned down the sweet of the cheese so we kind of “accidentally” found it.


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