I have always been a bit scared to make my own pizza dough, in fact any kind of dough! Up until a few months ago I always relied on my bread maker to make my bread and either brought my pizza’s ready made or bought pre made bases.
I purchased myself a pizza stone as had the inspiration to give my own pizza a go, the question was do I make my own dough or just buy a pre-made one…. I decide to go for it and it actually turned out really nice and it was incredibly easy to make the pizza dough. Since then I have continued to make my own pizza’s, experimenting with different toppings.
Each and every time I have tried it, the pizza dough came out perfect! If you are in the same boat that I was then the below video and recipe will show you exactly how to make easy pizza dough! I have only ever used this easy pizza dough recipe with the pizza stone so cannot comment on how well it turns out without one, although it should turn out just fine.
The pizza stone I used was the follow and it has proved to be an excellent purchase, I would recommend it; Italian Collection World of Flavours Italian Pizza Stone Set
How To Make Easy Pizza Dough – The Video
I have put together a video on making the pizza dough, if you watching recipes easier than reading them.
Below the video you will be able to find a full write up on how I made the pizza dough, as well as an ingredients list and a quick method. If you do like the video please feel free to comment below or on YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel 🙂
How To Make Easy Pizza Dough – The Method
It’s actually pretty easy to make the pizza dough, I think like me people are worried about kneading it right and giving it time to rise. The dough itself does take a little time so I would be prepared for that when planning to make a pizza or two. The first thing that needs to be done is the yeast liquid, it is the yeast that makes the pizza rise just as it does in bread. In order for the yeast to react it needs to come into contact with lukewarm water.
Many recipes put the yeast in with the flour but I do like to give it a head start before combining with the flour. In a bowl place the water, I then add some sugar and olive oil to give it a little extra flavour and sweetness. Add the yeast and give this a gentle whisk, once it’s all whisked in leave it for 5 minutes.
Once you come back to it you should start to see a foam on the surface. In another bowl add the strong white flour and a pinch of salt, form a well in the middle and pour in the yeast liquid. You can get stuck straight in with your hands but it is very sticky so I prefer to start of by mixing it with a wooden spoon. Once it’s pretty much combined i’ll then get in with my hands and continue to give it a good mix.
Spread some flour out on a clean surface and begin to knead the dough, to be completely honest I have no idea if I knead things correctly. I just continue to fold it over and push it down with my hands and continue that process….seems to do the trick! Do this for about 10 minutes. You may need to add more flour if the dough becomes sticky, it’s also worth rubbing your hands in flour as well. After 10 minutes pop it into a bowl and cover over and place it somewhere warm, it needs somewhere warm (not hot) as this will help it to rise.
Leave it for between 60-90 minutes. Once done flour the surface again and knead for another 5 minutes. This recipe makes enough for 2 pizzas so divide it up and then begin to roll out, I would suggest starting off with your hands. Push the dough out to the edges and then rotate and continue adding flour when required. If it does get too much you can also use a rolling pin but this does get some of the air out.
I like to then leave it for a good 20 minutes once it’s rolled out before putting the toppings on and putting it in the oven.
Things to note: When using a pizza stone, make sure you have allowed it to fully heat up for a hour before using it. Add some olive oil to the stretched out dough before putting on the sauce. If you are looking for pizza recipes then don;t forget to check out the ones I have already done, I personally loved the Fajita pizza!! You can find my recipes via the link below; http://www.amateurchef.co.uk/mains/pizza/
Quick Easy Pizza Dough Recipe
How to make easy pizza dough
- 150 ml lukewarm water
- tablespoon ½active dried yeast
- teaspoon ½of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 250 g of Strong White Flour
- Pinch of salt
In a bowl place the water, sugar, oil and yeast. Whisk until mixed and leave for 10 minutes
In another bowl place the flour with a pinch of salt and form a well in the centre
Pour the liquid into the well and mix the flour with your hands until the dough is combined and sticky.
Pour out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes
Put into a clean bowl, cover with clingfilm and place in a warm spot of the house for 90 minutes
Once the dough has risen, empty out onto a flour surface and knead again for another 5 minutes.
Roll the dough out into your pizza shape and at the thickness you want (usually the side of a pound) and leave for another 20 minutes.
Top with your sauce and favourite toppings