How To Make Pizza Dough

Learning how to make pizza dough just takes practice, but pizza dough from scratch is awesome! We have the best pizza dough recipe.

Wondering how you can make your own dough at home?

If you're like me, you may be wondering what the trick is to make a restaurant quality crust in your own kitchen. Is it really that hard?

Well, it shouldn't be, but I've made my share of bad dough. It can be the little things that make a big difference.

Don't expect to get it right the first time you make pizza dough. You may just do it, but most likely it will take you several batches before it's exactly how you like it. And that's okay.

(Find pizza dough recipes here.)

Making pizza dough is fun. Don't over think it. Don't stress over it. Experiment with different flours (everyone has an opinion on which pizza flour to use), different ingredients (touch of honey? garlic?) and expect that not every batch is going to be first.

Before long, you will be making a Pizza Hut crust recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen at a fraction of the price!

Making great dough usually comes down to the little details. Here are a few things that can make or break good tasting dough...

  • Length of time the dough rests after mixing. Usually an hour will do the trick.
  • Don't over mix the dough - it will make it too elastic.
  • Type of flour used (some say all-purpose, some say 00 flour, some insist on bread flour).
  • Allowing yeast to bubble in very warm water (not too hot, not cold water). One tip is start out with very hot water and by the time you get the yeast in it, it's cooled a bit.
  • Great kneading!
  • Refrigerating for a day or two before baking. Not required, but this allows the flavors to settle together for even better tasting dough. Let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.

It's not brain surgery, but still takes a little skill and practice to learn how to make pizza dough that is great every time.

Tip: If you want to freeze your dough, spray the inside of a ziploc freezer bag with cooking spray and place your dough inside. Store for up to two months in the freezer. When ready to use, defrost overnight in the refrigerator. Allow to rise at room temperature before baking. This could take a few hours. Bake and enjoy!

Remember, learning how to make pizza dough should be fun!

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