Homemade pizza is a great dinner to make and is customizable to your tastes! Today I’ll be sharing a simple pizza dough recipe that you can use to make an easy pizza! This recipe uses grams and mL to help make the dough. The advantage is that it is more precise allowing for the same recipe each time you make it. A kitchen weight scale will be handy to weigh out the measurements. The cups and tsps given are only approximations.
Prep Time: 3 to 4 hours
Cooking Time: 10 – 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Pizza Dough
- 400 grams (3 and 1/4 cup~) flour
- 240 mL (1 and 1/4 cup~) water
- 24 grams (2 Tbsp.~) olive oil
- 8 grams or 1 tsp. yeast
- 1.5 tsp. salt
- Cornmeal for dusting
- Pizza sauce
- Pizza toppings such as: Mozzarella, pepperoni, cooked sausage, vegetables
- Kitchen weight scale
- Measuring spoons
- Sturdy wooden spoon, Bread Dough mixer (Optional but handy)
- Pizza pan or cookie sheet
- Weigh out the flour, water, olive oil, yeast, and salt and add to a large mixing bowl or the bowl for your bread dough mixer.
- If doing by hand, stir the ingredients together until a rough dough is formed, about 1 minute. Be sure to scrape the sides and incorporate any dry flour. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. After the time has passed, knead the dough by folding it in half. Turn the dough ball half away around and repeat. Repeat the folding and turning process several times. The dough will begin to take structure from the folding becoming less sticky. You can dust your hands but try not to dust too much or more flour is added to the dough. Allow dough to rest 5 minutes, then repeat this process again. Repeat again or until the dough is relatively smooth. Go to Step 4.
- If doing by mixer, follow the mixer instructions. Otherwise, set the mixer to a gentle spin for about 5 minutes, checking to scrape any flour and ingredients stuck to the sides. The dough should not be sticking to the sides, but may stick to the bottom. Go to Step 4.
- Cover the dough and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. Resting allows the moisture to spread around the dough and allow the yeast to rise a bit. During the 30 minutes, set out your pizza pan and the cornmeal. Apply a dusting of cornmeal to the pan. The cornmeal helps it not stick and gives a texture flavor to the bottom crust.
- After the 30 minutes are up, place your dough on the pizza pan, gently stretching it to fill the pan. If it doesn’t fill the pan all the way, that’s okay, but don’t tear the dough. Allow the dough to rest for 10-20 minutes, then stretch it gently again to fill the pan.
- Cover the dough and allow to rest for 2 to 3 hours. If it’s hot, it’ll rise faster so watch out!
- Near the end of the rise, set your oven to 450F; adjust rack to the middle of the oven.
- Here you get creative! Add your pizza sauce, cheese, and meat toppings if any. Vegetable toppings with high moisture such as spinach may need to be sauteed before adding or add at the end of cooking to help minimize soggy crust.
- Once your pizza is decorated, cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust begins to brown. You can check the underside of the pizza with a spatula. Allow to cool before eating.
The dough above turned into a pepperoni pizza below! Came out quite delicious for us, and we added fresh mozzarella cheese along with shredded cheese. If you want to use fresh mozzarella, the water needs to be squeezed out. I set the mozzarella balls between two paper towels and added a cutting board on top with a weight.