It’s one of those things you just learn quickly when you have kids streaming through your house. They love pizza, all of the time. And at all hours of the day and night. I love pizza too, just with a healthy twist to my toppings. An easy solution is to have pizza dough on hand… and ready to go. And this is my Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe.
I love to make a couple of batches of this dough, or break the dough into 4 balls vs. 2 for smaller pizzas and freeze it. It’s incredibly convenient.
You can always buy pizza dough in the freezer section of your market, but when you can make your own, it’s just a bit more satisfying!
Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe
Ingredients (Makes 2 Pizzas)
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (2 packets)
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl
Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup warm water. Add sugar and let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.
In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in remaining 1/2 cup warm water and olive oil until combined with flour. Then add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. This should only take a minute or two. Form dough into a ball.
Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl coated in olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about an hour. Punch down, cut in half and form two balls of dough. The dough can be used immediately. Or, you can put the dough in the refrigerator and store until you need it, within a day or two.
To Freeze Pizza Dough:
I love to make extra dough for this reason! While I can always buy it at the market, there’s something special about having your own homemade pizza dough ready to go.
When freezing, divide the dough into forths, form a ball and wrap each piece in parchment, waxed paper or plastic wrap. Then place the dough into a ziplock freezer bag. This way when you want to take just one out, they’re not sticking to the others.
Using Frozen Pizza Dough:
When making pizza at home, pull the frozen dough out of the freezer the night before you make it, or even the morning of. Thaw in the refrigerator.
Then simply roll out the dough, as usual, dress the pizza with your favorite toppings, and bake in a 500ºF oven for 10-15 minutes!
While the recipe in this video varies slightly, it’s a great visual on kneading and shaping pizza dough!