Homemade Pizza Dough- A "home style" pizza crust with a crispy bottom.
I love to make us homemade pizza for dinner and I do so fairly often. I have used a variety of homemade pizza dough recipes but there are a couple that I always think are better than the rest. Today's recipe for homemade pizza dough is a GOOD one! It takes a bit longer than some other recipes, but it's worth the wait.
Homemade Pizza Dough does involve yeast, but don't let that scare you away. There's really nothing to be afraid of. However, one tip that I have is to be cautious about your water temperature when working with yeast.
If the water is not warm enough then it won't "activate" the yeast and if it's too warm then you may kill the yeast. I use my finger to test the water, but feel free to use a thermometer. I have used a thermometer in the past and then I accidentally dropped it in water and never replaced it. If you're using one though I would aim for about 110 degrees. The more you work with yeast the more comfortable you will become.
Make sure you spray the pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray or just rub some olive oil on it before placing the dough on it.
This recipe makes a "home style" pizza crust. If you wanted to use less dough you could roll out a thinner amount for a thin style crust, if you prefer.
Homemade Pizza Dough is great to play around with and decide how exactly you like it. The type of pizza pans you use are going to impact the finished result, as well as how thick or thin you roll out the dough.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 ¾ cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast I use active dry
- 2 Tablespoons cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 to 4 cups bread flour
- Olive oil for drizzling
- In the bowl of a stand mixer mix water and yeast together and let stand for 2-3 minutes to dissolve yeast.
- Mix in cornmeal, salt, honey, oil and all-purpose flour.
- Mix in bread flour, about ½ a cup at a time until the dough starts to form and is sticky, but manageable to touch.
- Using the dough hook, knead the dough for 6-8 minutes.
- Adding additional flour, if necessary.
- Add a drop of oil to a medium size bowl and use hands to spread the oil all over the bowl.
- Add the dough to the bowl, cover with a clean towel and allow to rise, in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Gently punch down the dough and divide into two or three rounds.
- You can roll out dough to fit the pans you're using or line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place on a baking sheet, if needed.
- Drizzle dough with olive oil and allow to rise for an hour and a half or until dough is light and puffed up.
- Garnish with sauce, cheese and toppings.
- Bake at 475 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until browned all over.