Once you know how to make homemade pizza dough, you'll not only save money by skipping the home delivery, but you'll also enjoy home-baked flavor and customized combinations of ingredients. Even though pizza dough is yeast bread, it's a simple, beginner-friendly recipe that anyone can master in minutes. For your first pizza, follow the nearly failproof Parents recipe here. Once you've got that one down, try one of the Web's top 21 recipes for dough -- and pizza (some that start with purchased dough) -- that follow.
Rely on these tips for pizza perfection:
- If pizza dough misbehaves, refuses to roll out, or tries to return to its original shape when rolling, just cover it with plastic wrap and allow it to rest on your counter for 15 minutes. Resting relaxes the dough and makes it ready to do just what you want it to.
- To avoid soggy crust, bake the crust for 5 minutes before adding sauce and toppings.
- To determine if pizza dough has raised enough, stick your index finger an inch or so into the dough. If the indentation remains when you remove your finger, the dough is ready for shaping.
- Not so handy with a rolling pin? No problem -- just place dough on the baking sheet and press it gently into shape with your fingers.
Servings: 4 mini crusts
- 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
- In a large bowl, mix 1-3/4 cups of the flour with yeast and salt; add warm water and oil. Beat with a whisk for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in another 1-1/4 cups flour until the mixture holds together. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic and lump-free. Wrap half the dough in plastic and freeze for later use; cover remainder and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 4 portions and roll each into a 6-inch circle. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Build up edges slightly; prick bottoms of crusts. Bake about 8 minutes. Spread sauce and toppings onto crust and bake for another 8 minutes.
Here are 21 more of the Web's best recipes for pizza dough.
Traditional Pizza Crust
Use a food processor to make the prep for this pizza dough especially fast and easy.
Multipurpose Pizza Dough
This versatile dough can be used to make pizza, calzones, or stromboli. It gets its great depth of flavor from a long, slow fermentation, preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
Adding an egg to the dough makes this 100-year-old recipe extra yummy. Several risings take place, yielding a lighter, tastier crust.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Using half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour yields a light crust with a distinctive nutty taste.
Anytime Calzones Dough
This versatile dough can be frozen ahead and used to make lunch or dinner calzones any time you like.
Top this pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves for a garden-fresh flavor any time of year.
Mediterranean Alfredo Pizza
This gourmet pizza, topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts, counters the rule that pizza must be flavored with tomato-based sauce.
This fusion tostada pizza is piled with beef, beans, and cheese. Make it superfast by starting with refrigerated pizza dough.
Spicy Chicken Pizza
Refrigerated pizza dough is topped with picante sauce, chicken, sweet peppers, and cheese to make a convenient but healthy pizza dinner.
If burgers are a favorite dinner in your home, this meaty pizza will be a hit.
Pizza Quattro Stagioni
"Quattro Stagioni" means four seasons. In this pizza, artichokes, peppers, mushrooms, and olives each represent a different season. Divide the quadrants with dough strips rolled into thin ropes.
All the ingredients of the ever-popular Reuben sandwich -- corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese -- top this tasty pizza.
Fresh Veggie Pizza
Use your favorite veggies to top this pizza. Whole wheat bread dough used for the crust makes this a healthy meal.
Sweet Pepper Pizzas
Start with an easy roasted red pepper sauce, spread it over the crust, then top with broccoli and goat cheese for a red and green pizza that's healthy and delicious.
Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza
Frozen whole wheat dough and a meaty sausage filling are keys to this savory dish that's perfect for pizza night.
Pizza á la Carbonara
The flavorful combination of bacon, mushrooms, and Monterey Jack cheese tops this creamy Parmesan-sauced pizza recipe, named for its pasta cousin. It's assembled, baked, and ready to serve in minutes.
Canadian Bacon and Sauerkraut Pizza
Serve this German-influenced pizza with ice-cold beer.
Whole Wheat Pizza Tart
This appetizer tart appeals to traditional pizza lovers as well as more adventurous ones. Spread half of the whole wheat crust with pesto and half with pizza sauce.
This pie is topped with low-fat turkey pepperoni, but if you like, use your favorite sliced vegetables instead.
Thai Chicken Pizza
This easy-to-assemble pizza features a crispy-chewy pizza crust topped with spicy Thai peanut sauce, grilled chicken, cheese, and crisp shredded Asian veggies.
Mushroom Sausage Pizza
No need to order out when you can make this family-pleasing pizza recipe at home. Fire-roasted canned tomatoes are cooked down to an extra-flavorful pizza sauce.
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