Learn to make this easy pizza dough with this step-by-step recipe. It only takes six basic ingredients to make this delicious homemade pizza crust for your family.
Every great pizza starts with amazing pizza dough. This pizza dough recipe is made with only six ingredients!
It is a great recipe for beginners who want to learn how to make a pizza crust.
And you should because making pizza dough is really easy to do and so much better than ready-made pizza crusts from the supermarket.
Children also always really enjoy helping make pizza. Let them measure the ingredients for the dough and decorate with their favorite toppings!
With th12-inch, you can make about 3-4 12-inch or 30-cm pizzas, but you can easily double the recipe if you need more.
Oh, and before I forget! For the best pizza, you absolutely have to for the best pizza try my homemade pizza sauce recipe!
Why you will love this recipe
- Because who doesn't love a super easy pizza dough recipe?!
- You only need a few simple ingredients.
- It is super easy to make!
Flour - all-purpose flour works great for making pizza dough, but I often use bread flour because the gluten gives you a slightly softer crust.
You can replace half the flour with whole wheat flour for a whole wheat pizza crust.
I also have a recipe for gluten-free pizza dough that you make with oat flour.
Yeast - in my recipes, I always use instant yeast you buy in the supermarket unless stated otherwise.
You can use fresh yeast but check the packaging and how much to add.
Olive oil - you could also replace this with sunflower oil if you don't have olive oil. The oil makes sure you and up with a soft dough.
You can find the complete ingredient list and instructions on the recipe card below!
My tips for the perfect pizza dough
- Add dried herbs! Add 1-2 teaspoons of rosemary, Italian seasoning substitute, or thyme to the flour before mixing.
- You can easily adjust this recipe if you need more or less. You can also make the whole recipe or double it and freeze half for later!
- You can use this recipe for baking pizza on the BBQ.
- Knead long enough. For a good dough, you need to knead it for at least 10 minutes so the gluten can develop properly. You'll know it's done when you stretch it a little; you can see some light peeping through.
- Poke holes in the bottom. Poking holes in your pizza crust before baking will ensure that no large air bubbles form.
- Use plenty of salt. Salt not only adds flavor to your pizza but also makes the dough better.
- It doesn't always take an hour for the dough to rise enough. Your pizza dough is ready to use when it has doubled in volume.
- Pesto. My favorite is a combination of green pesto, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, and thin strips of red onion.
- Add seasoned chicken breast cut into small cubes if you like.
- Mozzarella. Other cheeses such as Gouda, blue, or goat cheese are also delicious.
- Homemade cottage cheese. Keep in mind that cottage cheese won't melt like mozzarella but keeps its shape.
- Fish like salmon or tuna.
- Add some vegetables like mushrooms, tomato slices, asparagus, or thin strips of red onion.
- Grilled bell pepper, courgette, or aubergine always does very well too.
- Caramelized onions.
- A large mixing bowl with a tea towel to mix the ingredients in and let them rise.
- A rolling pin to roll out the dough.
- A scale and a measuring cup weigh all the ingredients.
- Optional, a pizza stone to bake the pizzas on. Did you know you also have special pizza stones for the BBQ?
Unbaked pizza dough can be kept in the refrigerator. The cold makes the yeast work slower, which slows down the rising process.
Take it out of the refrigerator an hour in advance to warm up before continuing to make pizza.
You can also freeze pizza dough very well. Divide the risen dough into balls and place them on a plate in the freezer. Once they are frozen, put them in a freezer bag.
Let the dough thaw completely and come to room temperature before rolling it out.
Of course, you can top the pizzas with pizza sauce and your favorite topping before freezing them after pre-baking. Wrap the cooled pizzas in plastic wrap and bake them while frozen.
In the freezer, pizza dough stays good for about three months.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 package yeast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup water
- Add the flour along with the yeast, sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir.
- Add the warm water and olive oil and knead quickly. Don't add all the water at once because not all the flour needs the same amount. This will prevent your dough from being too wet.
- Turn the mixing bowl onto a floured work surface and knead it into a soft and smooth dough in 10 minutes.
- Spread some oil in the mixing bowl and let the dough rise under a damp tea towel for 45-60 minutes until it has doubled in volume.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into four balls.
- Roll out the balls and spread some pizza sauce and your favorite toppings over each pizza.
- Bake the pizzas for about 10-15 minutes at 220 °C.