For pizza lovers everywhere, making your own crust is a right of passage. This post will share my favorite (most reliable) homemade pizza dough recipe. It’s super easy and uses only 5 ingredients!
When I find something good, I stick with it–especially when it comes to breads. This is the case with my dough recipe. It’s wonderful. Whenever I makes pizza, this is the dough I use. I have also used it for calzones. It’s so good that I’m afraid to tweak the recipe in any way (so as not to provoke it). That’s how GOOD it is, folks.
This dough makes the perfect amount for two large pizzas (large enough to cover a round pizza stone). I must have made this dough 100 times by now. We use it THAT often–does that mean I’ve eaten that much pizza? Let’s not think about that…
Which Flour Is Best for Pizza Dough?
When you’re making pizza at home, you may think that you can use any type of flour you find at the back of your pantry. I mean it’s just pizza, right? Well, actually it does matter because it will affect the crust. Did you know that the chewiness of the crust depends on the gluten content? To help you decide which flour to choose for your pizza dough, here’s a list:
- All-purpose flour: The name pretty much says it all! All-purpose flour can be used for everything, including pizza. Using this flour will still give your pizza a chewy crust but based on my experience, I struggled with stretching it out and ended up with a torn crust.
- Bread flour: My ever-reliable bread flour! This is the most popular choice for making pizza dough at home. Not only is it versatile, but it also has a good amount of protein. This lends your pizza the crispiness we love. And, it doesn’t tear when you stretch it out!
- Wheat pastry flour: To make this healthy pizza crust, you can opt to use wheat pastry flour. It’s high in fiber, unrefined, and has a lighter texture than whole wheat flour (perfect for your pizza crust). Plus, you may get out of using yeast for this one! I’ve used it on my BBQ Chicken Pizza before and I swear I could not get enough of it.
Can I Make Pizza Dough Without Yeast?
Some of us get hangry especially when we have to wait for pizza dough to rise. So for those who are into quick and delicious meals like me, I’m telling you now that you don’t need yeast! It’s practically the same thing except that you don’t get puffy edges on your crust. All you really need is flour, baking powder, salt, olive oil, sugar…and that’s your yeast-free pizza dough!
Which Oil Is Best For Pizza Dough?
For savory pizzas I suggest olive oil all the way! Not only does it add more flavor to your pizza but it also helps you stretch it out properly. However, if you’re trying to avoid olive oil (my friend actually has an olive oil allergy) there are other healthy oils you can choose. I’d recommend either coconut or avocado oil.
Why Is My Pizza Dough Sticky?
We’ve all been here. I remember it so clearly; the kids and I were making our first homemade pizza dough and just when we started to knead it, I noticed it was unusually sticky. A part of me just wanted to throw in the towel and order a pizza from our favorite place. Luckily, we were able to fix it!
So lesson learned, when your pizza dough feels too sticky that means there’s too much water and not enough flour. But don’t worry, you can still turn the tide (or rather pizza) around. Just add a little bit of flour and knead it thoroughly each time before adding a little bit more. Repeat this process until it’s no longer sticking to your hands and/or the counter.
How Do You Stretch Out Pizza Dough?
You must be thinking, ” Will Lacey teach us to flip pizza dough in the air?” Uhm, no. Unless you’re a well trained pizza person, I do not recommend that you toss it into the air! You can easily tear it or overstretch it in one direction using this risky (albeit impressive) method. For now, let’s just stick to stretching it by hand shall we?
Here are some easy steps on how to do it right!
- Dust your countertop with flour: You want to make sure that you have enough floured space to accommodate the entire width of your desired pizza.
- Press it first: Begin by pressing your pizza dough, flattening it by pressing down with your palms. Then use your three middle fingers on each of your hands to press the dough starting out from the center.
- Stretch it into a flat disc: Stretch out your risen pizza dough and shape it into a flat disc. You may use a rolling pin for this part but be mindful that it doesn’t get to sticky (have a little extra flour on hand). Stretch your pizza disc into a large circle depending on the size you want.
Why Does My Pizza Not Stretch?
When your pizza feels like it isn’t stretching, there is probably a lack of proper gluten development. When gluten is tight it becomes very elastic (which is why it tends to spring back easily). This is a signal that your dough didn’t get enough time to relax, or you’re using the wrong type of flour. It’s also possible that the dough is way too dry or way too cold.
How Do You Freeze Pizza Dough?
To freeze any extra pizza dough, divide it into equal (roughly pizza sized) portions and roll them into balls. Lightly coat the dough ball with olive oil and seal them in a freezer safe container. If possible, press out any excess air from the container. These dough pizza balls can last in your freezer up to three months. And as with everything that I freeze, I would suggest you label them with the name and date.
More Healthy Pizza Recipes
For healthy pizza recipes, check out these posts!
- Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza
- Chicken Alfredo Pizza with Spinach and Red Onions
- Italian Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza
- Roasted Fennel and Italian Sausage Pizza
- Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
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For pizza lovers everywhere, making your own crust is a right of passage. This pizza dough recipe is super easy and uses only 5 ingredients!
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and sea salt, and whisk together until thoroughly combined.
In a separate bowl, combine water and olive oil in and stir to combine.
Slowly add water mixture to the flour mixture, stirring to incorporate. Mix together until a dough forms. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. You can add a little more water if it's too dry, a tablespoon at a time. If it's too sticky, just add a little more flour.
Once the dough has formed into a ball, knead the dough for 5 minutes. Then, roll the dough out into a large circle using a rolling pin or by stretching it with your hands.