How to make pizza dough at home
It is really quick and easy to make your own pizza dough at home.
This recipe makes 8 medium sized pizza bases ( 7 oz / 200g bases).
Pizza is always best baked in the oven on a pizza stone, or of course in your wood fired pizza oven.
Note: If you don’t have a pizza stone, purchase one here.
You can also build a wood fired pizza oven for next time, see my diy project ‘How to build a pizza oven’.
Lets get started with the dough.
- 2.2 pounds/ 1 kg of flour (bread or all purpose flour)
- 0.3 oz / 10g active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 650 ml luke warm water
- Mix the luke warm water, olive oil, yeast and sugar in a jug. Leave it for a 10 minutes to activate the yeast. The east will feed off the sugar.
- Mix the flour and salt in a bowl using a wisk or using a mixer.
Note: You can purchase a mixer here.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and gradually add the water, stirring it with the fork or spatula to bring it together.
- Once it has come together, flour your hands and place the dough onto a floured work surface.
- Knead the dough until you have a smooth and springy texture.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a floured bowl.
- Cover it with a damp cloth or cling film and let it rise for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
- Remove the cloth, the dough has doubled in size.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and gently flatten it to remove some of the air.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.
- The dough can be used for pizza bases now or frozen for later use (up to 3 months – let it thaw before use).
- To make a pizza base, flatten a portion of the dough with your fingers, spreading it from the middle. You can also use a rolling pin if its easier. Leave the edge of the dough thicker than in the center.
- Once the dough is at your desired thickness, place the pizza base on a lightly floured oven tray, dish or pizza peel.
- The pizza is ready for the topping to be added. See my post ‘pizza topping ideas’ for inspiration.
Pizza Dough FAQs
What to do with pizza dough after it rises?
If you are going to use it immediately, knead it a little to remove the air. Flatten and shape the dough using your fingers or rolling pin. Else it can be frozen, or kept in the fridge in a bowl till later.
How far in advance can pizza dough be made?
You can keep dough in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Cover it with cling film to prevent it drying out.
Can I freeze pizza dough?
Pizza dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Rub olive oil over the surface and cover it with cling film to prevent it drying out.
Can pizza dough be made the night before?
Yes, keep it in the refigerator. Cover it with cling film to prevent it drying out. Remove it about an hour before so that it can warm to room temperature.
Should you punch down pizza dough?
Yes, it has to be punched down. Gently flatten the dough. This will remove some of the air formed during rising and it will produce a finer grain.