I’ve been making pizza dough with my father since I was a little girl. He was taught by his mother, my Grandma. Over time, I’ve changed just a couple of things and made the process speedier so that I don’t have to plan ahead as much. With my process now, I can make dough in the late morning and have it ready to go for dinnertime. Pizza dough is so versatile. I use it for some of my baked goods, such as my S’mores Knots. You can also use it to make a quick Italian bread or fried dough zeppole .
When I was a little girl we always used our hands to make this; but since I’ve gotten a KitchenAid stand mixer – I skip that step and use my handy dough hook for a quick, mess free process. Although using your hands is always a fun step when you want to have your kids cook with you.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 4 hours
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
Yields: 2 pizza doughs
- 1-½ cups of warm water (approximately 100 degrees) – you can achieve this just using hot water from the tap
- 2-¼ teaspoons of yeast (standard package). I find that Dry Active and Instant both work perfectly fine with this process
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (this activates the yeast!)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 3-½ cups of all purpose flour
- Add your warm water, yeast and sugar to the stand mixer bowl. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until it’s all bubbly
- Add olive oil, salt, pepper, and flour.
- Using dough hook, mix on medium low until a dough forms.
- If it’s super sticky or dry – add a teaspoon of water or flour as needed.
- Wipe the bowl with olive oil and brush the top of the dough with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and then drape a kitchen towel on top. Set aside to rise for approximately 4 hours. The kitchen towel makes a dark, warm space for the yeast to do its thing!
- Before use, separate the dough into 2. Form into a ball and let them rest for 30 minutes on a floured surface covered in a towel before using.
For a little “twist” on this dough – try our Rosemary and Garlic pizza dough