Love eating pizza? We do, too! And it tastes even better when made with a crisp crust done from scratch. It’s a good thing making one at home is quite simple even without the help of a mixer.
Anything homemade tastes better, and the same goes for pizzas. By combining yeast, water, sugar, flour, and oil together, you’re ready to bake the best cheese or pepperoni pizza you’ve ever had. With this simple recipe, you’ll be able to practice your kneading skills, too, but you can always let a stand mixer or food processor to help you out.
This easy dough recipe makes three 20cm round pizzas. And if you’re planning to have a pizza night get-together sometime soon, you can have your pizza dough balls done ahead of time, frozen, thawed, and ready to be rolled out to serve a hungry party crowd!
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Silicone spatula
- Tea towel or plastic wrap
- Dough scraper or chef’knife
- Rolling pin
- Pizza stone or baking sheet
- 1½ cups (375ml) warm water
- Pinch of caster sugar
- 2 tsp dried yeast
- 4 cups (600g) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp salt
- 60ml olive oil
- Extra olive oil for brushing
- Prepare a large mixing bowl by brushing it with oil. Set this aside. Meanwhile, combine water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl then set it aside for 5 minutes and let it become frothy.
- Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and oil. Combine your dry and wet ingredients together using your hands to form a sticky dough.
- Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Transfer your dough to the floured surface and start kneading it for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- When your dough is ready, place it in the oiled bowl, brushing it around the bowl to coat it in oil. Cover your bowl with a tea towel or plastic wrap and set it aside somewhere dry and warm. Let your dough rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
- Once your dough has doubled in size, knead it on a lightly floured surface, forming it into a log. Divide the dough into three parts. Rough each piece of dough into a smooth ball.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out each dough ball flat into a 20cm circle. While working on one piece of dough, make sure to cover the other dough balls with plastic wrap or tea towel to prevent them from drying out.
- To bake your pizza, preheat your oven at 232C. Coat your rolled out dough with olive oil and tomato sauce then top it with your preferred vegetables, meat, cheese, and herbs.
- Bake your pizza for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is crisp.
- Time for a pizza party? Use this recipe to prepare your dough ahead of time. Portion your risen dough into individual round balls, coat each lightly with oil, slide it into freezer or resealable bags, then freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake them, just let your frozen dough thaw out in the chiller for at least 12 hours. Before rolling it out, let it warm up at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Learn more about the tools that could help you make perfectly baked pizzas every time through our pizza equipment guide.