I love making my own pizza dough, it is very easy and much better then anything you can get at the store. I used to work at a little pizzeria in Keystone Colorado back in the day and we made everything from scratch including the dough and of course and I loved making it. I did all their prep work in the mornings, I chopped veggies, roasted off all the garlic cloves and made a whole fridge worth of fresh dough for the daily orders. There is something very therapeutic about making bread in almost any form and pizza dough is about as easy and basic as you can get, especially when you have a stand mixer. At the pizzeria they had a huge commercial mixer that sat on the floor and I could mix up pounds of dough at a time. They showed me the ropes, from making the dough to tossing it in the air to baking them off, all great things to know. I used to come in a few hours before we opened for the day, do all the prep work and then work the lunch shift myself. We just did slices for lunch and the locals and resort guests would come in and sit at the counter ordering slices while I ran around behind the counter working like crazy, it was pretty fun. We only made the classic pizza dough there but here at home I also make a pretty good whole wheat honey dough as well. I use it for pizzas but I also make Calzones and Stromboli too, you can do a lot of different things with a nice dough.
Pizza Dough Recipe
- 3.5 – 4 Cups of Bread Flour (You can use regular flour it just won’t be as crisp of a crust)
- 1 Tsp .Salt
- 1 Tsp. Sugar or Honey
- 1 Pkg. of Instant Dry Yeast (2.25 Tsp.)
- 1.5 Cups Warm Water
- 2 Tbl. Olive Oil + extra to oil the bowl
Add Flour, Yeast, Salt and Sugar to your stand mixer bowl fixed with a dough hook and mix to incorporate. Add in Water and Olive Oil and mix until it forms a ball. Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for about an hour to rise until it doubles in size. You can then put it in the fridge to use at a later time or else use it right away. Place your pizza stone in the oven and turn it on full whack. Flour your work surface and your hands lightly before you handle it, divide into 2 balls and let them rest for about another 10 minutes, they will make about 2 14 inch pizza crusts. You can roll them out to any shape and thickness you like or toss in the air. Top with whatever you want and bake on the hot pizza stone sprinkled with cornmeal in your oven until golden, crispy and bubbly.