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Pizza Dough

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This simple pizza dough recipe comes together in minutes and only needs one 90 minute rise. It’s our favorite way to make homemade pizza and can be cooked up with all sorts of toppings!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (one 1/4 oz package)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon more for the dough rising
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

Activate the yeast. Add the warm water to a stand mixer bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Add a pinch of sugar. Let this mixture stand for 5 minutes.

Make the dough. Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt to the bowl. Add 1 cup of flour and mix everything together. Continue adding the flour 1/2 cup at a time until a dough that just clears the sides of the bowl has formed.

Knead. Switch to your dough hook and knead the dough for 3 minutes, sprinkling with additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time as needed. The dough should be very smooth and not stick to the sides of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl and give it a couple quick kneads with your hands, forming it into a ball.

Rising. Coat the stand mixer bowl or another large bowl with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the dough ball, turning to coat in the oil once. Cover with saran wrap and set aside to rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.

Punch down and roll out. Gently deflate the dough by punching it down with your knuckles. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out to assemble your pizza.

To Make a Simple Pizza

Here is a quick how-to if you want to use your pizza dough to make a classic cheese pizza. You can add other toppings as desired. If using meat, make sure it has been cooked beforehand. I also recommend cooking most veggies before adding them to the pizza.

  • Prep your tools. Heat your oven to 500F and place a pizza stone on the top rack, positioned in the middle of the oven. Lightly coat a pizza peel with cornmeal. Transfer the rolled out dough to the peel.
  • Add your toppings. Spread your desired amount of pizza or pasta sauce on the dough, leaving about a 1-inch margin along the edges of the dough. Top with your desired amount of cheese.
  • Bake. Slide the pizza onto your stone and bake for 8-9 minutes.
  • Cool and serve. Use your pizza peel to remove the pizza from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve!

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