Introduction: Amazing Homemade Pizza Dough
Pizza! Everyone loves a good pizza, well at least almost everyone. :) In this instructable I will show you how to make an amazing homemade pizza dough. This dough is incredible, it tastes just like what you will get at the restaurants! A friend of mine has been making pizza for over 20 years and he showed me this homemade recipe. It is my new go-to recipe for pizza dough. Homemade pizza doesn't have to be hard, join with me as I show you how to make an amazing homemade pizza! Let's get baking!
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Follow the easy steps below, or watch the video tutorial, or do both!
Step 1: Ingredients
- 4 cups of all purpose flour (can use bread flour)
- 1 cup of semolina flour (Usually found on same aisle as all purpose flour or online)
**You can leave out the Semolina Flour, if you do just replace it with another cup of all purpose flour or bread flour, it just won't taste quite like mine, but it will still be good
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tsp of salt
- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast (or 1 packet instant yeast)
- 1 1/2 tsp of sugar
- Cornmeal (couple pinches for pizza pan)
- Your favorite pizza sauce (store bought or home made)
- Mozzarella cheese or pizza blend (mozzarella, provolone, and Jack)
***Use your favorite toppings (some of mine are bacon, onions, sausage, bell peppers, olives, etc.)
- Pizza pan
- Damp cloth
- Plastic Wrap
Step 2: Proof the Yeast
To start off let's proof the yeast. To do this, heat up your water in the microwave to about 105 to 115 degrees F. Then add the sugar and the yeast. Next use a whisk and mix it around a little bit. Now just set it aside for about 5 to 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy. The yeast is active and ready to go!
Step 3: Adding Oil
Now we just add your oil to the bowl with the yeast and stir it with a whisk.
Step 4: Combine Dry Ingredients
Now let's combine our dry ingredients, by adding the semolina flour and the salt to the all purpose flour. You can use bread flour as well if you like. The semolina flour will help make the dough chewier. Although you can substitute the semolina with all purpose flour if you like, it just won't be quite the same. But it will still be good.
Step 5: Mix in Dry Ingredients
Now we just mix in our dry ingredients slowly with the yeast mixture, maybe about a 4th of it at a time. You can start with your whisk, then move to using a wooden spoon. After awhile it will get hard to use even the wooden spoon, and the dough will form.
Step 6: Knead the Dough
After the dough forms, I move from the wooden spoon to my hands. Start in the bowl, then pour out the dough onto your surface. Now continue adding your flour as you knead. Push down on the dough, then turn it a quarter turn, fold it toward you and push down with your palm, keep doing that for about 8 minutes. You will probably wind up with flour left over. Add flour as needed to keep it from sticking.
Step 7: Let the Dough Rise
Next we let the dough rise. We put some olive oil in a large bowl, about half of a tablespoon or about two teaspoons, then using our fingers make sure to coat the inside of the bowl. Now we add the dough and coat the dough with the oil in the bowl. Now we place some plastic wrap and then a damp cloth on top. Place the bowl in a warm area and let it rise for and hour to an hour and a half.
Step 8: Roll Out the Dough
Now we preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Our dough has risen so we take it out and cut it into equal parts. This recipe makes 3 medium sized thinner crust pizzas or two large thick crust pizzas. You can flip the dough in the air like the pros, or use a rolling pin to get the dough into the pizza shape.
Step 9: Add Dough to Pizza Pan
Now we add some cornmeal to our pizza pan. This will keep the pizza from sticking. Although it is not completely necessary. The pan I am using is a nonstick pizza pan. The cornmeal does help it to get that classic bottom of the crust that you get at restaurants. Stretch out the pizza dough as needed to fill up the pan, then pinch the edges up a little bit.
Step 10: Add Those Toppings
Next we just need to add our favorite toppings. I like to start with some olive oil drizzled on the top. Then add a light covering of pizza sauce. Then our cheese, I use a pizza blend of mozzarella, provolone, and jack. Now the pepperoni! Then bake it in a preheated oven (500 degrees F) for 7 to 12 minutes, until the crust is a light golden brown color and the cheese is all melted. Enjoy!