Homemade pizza dough / Perfect pizza crust

Written by: Shanthi Muthuvel

I don’t think anyone say no to Pizza. That too making Pizza fresh at home using home made Pizza dough. I tried to prepare pizza dough at home and it came out perfectly. The pizza crust I have ever made was tasting much better than a restaurant. Several similar dishes are prepared from ingredients commonly used in pizza preparation, such as calzone, plain buns as well as stuffed buns and much more.

Homemade pizza dough

Ingredients:

Serves 4 to 5 / 3 small pizzas

      • 2 cup – All purpose flour
      • 3/4 cup – Warm water ( or as needed)
      • 1 tsp – Active dry yeast
      • 1 tbsp – Sugar
      • 1 tsp – Salt
      • 1 tbsp – Olive oil (additional oil for greasing)

Homemade pizza dough

Preparation method:

  1. Take a large mixing bowl, combine the active yeast, sugar and warm water. Stir it around and let sit for 5 to10 minutes until the yeast is foamy and dissolved. This is called proofing the yeast. If the yeast doesn't dissolve, your yeast is dead. Start again with active yeast.
  2. Add all purpose flour, olive oil and salt, mix well until it comes together to form a dough. Knead until smooth and dough is no longer sticky for about 2 minutes. Grease dough ball with a tsp of olive oil and cover with a damp towel / plate.
  3. Let it sit in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down to release the air and knead the dough for 2 minutes. Now dough is ready to make pizza.

Homemade pizza dough

Homemade pizza dough

Notes:

  • Don't use hot water for proofing the yeast or you will kill your yeast. It should be like lukewarm milk.
  • If you are using instant yeast no need to proof it, add it along with water and just mix it. But if you are using active dry yeast then you need to proof it and then add.
  • If you are using the dough right away, then go ahead. If not then cover the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate it until use.
  • Depending on your type of yeast, your dough will have doubled in size in about 1 to 2 hours. I use Fleischmann’s active dry yeast ( 8 gram packet) and my dough took 1 hour and 15 minutes to double.
  • I kept my dough in oven with light ON it. It worked perfectly well for me.
  • You may add 1 or 2 tbsp extra water for making dough, if you think it is not enough.

Homemade pizza dough

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