Homemade Pizza Dough
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This easy homemade pizza dough recipe requires no rising time and is ready for all your favorite toppings in under 30 minutes. Recipe includes instructions for preparing ahead of time or freezing to use at a later time.
If you’ve been here for any amount of time, you know that I love me a good yeast bread recipe. I love getting my hands all up in the dough, creating something from seemingly nothing, and using yeast to give life to flour.
I talk to readers all the time who are intimidated by yeast bread, and I get it. Kneading, rising, punching, rising again, shaping… It can feel overwhelming and hard to tackle if you’ve never done it before.
If you’re looking for homemade yeast bread recipes that are simple, check out my easy yeast rolls (for beginners) or Italian anise bread. Those are great recipes for people who are looking to just get their feet wet. Lots of pictures, instructions, and guidance going on there.
NO RISE PIZZA DOUGH
The really cool thing about this easy pizza dough recipe is that while it is a yeast bread, it is actually really simple, because it requires no rise time.
I know. It’s crazy.
But the thing is, pizza dough recipes are designed to be simple because the end result doesn’t have to be lifted and fluffy like homemade sandwich bread or cinnamon rolls.
We’ll get to how making pizza dough is so simple in a bit, but let’s talk about what you’ll need for my simple pizza dough recipe.
INGREDIENTS FOR PIZZA DOUGH
This list of pizza dough ingredients is really short. You’ll need yeast, a little sugar, all-purpose flour, olive oil, and salt.
You’ll also need some cornmeal for putting the pizza dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone, but it’s not actually going into the dough.
And did you notice that there are no butter nor eggs involved? So this pizza dough recipe is completely vegan and ready for all of your favorite vegan pizza toppings.
HOW TO MAKE PIZZA DOUGH
Just like any yeasted bread, you’ll start by proofing the yeast with some warm water.
We’re looking for water that is about 110ºF (45ºC). I like to use my instant read thermometer to check to make sure it’s where I want it to be, but if you don’t have one of those, just test the water with your wrist.
Put your wrist under the stream of water coming from the tap. If you can feel the temperature of the water (either cold or warm), it’s not quite right.
Adjust the temperature until the water feels about the same temperature as your wrist. Then you’re all set!
You’ll also add the sugar to the water with the yeast so it has something to start to feed on. Whisk that all together, and then let it rest and activate for about 5-10 minutes.
When your yeast is good and active, add the remaining ingredients, then stir it all together. You can also use your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, but I much prefer using my hands to make yeast bread.
Once the dough starts to look shaggy, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it is smooth. You don’t want it to be too sticky, but you do want it to have some stick. I like to equate it to the texture of PlayDoh.
Once you’re happy with the texture of your pizza dough, allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
RESTING ALLOWS THE GLUTEN TO RELAX
While your pizza dough is resting, the gluten structure will also be resting and relaxing, which will allow you to shape it when it comes time to use it.
If you went right into shaping the dough before letting it rest, it would be hard to shape and would resist your pushing and shaping.
Resting also allows it to rise just enough to give it some lift. As I mentioned, we don’t need pizza dough to be as lifted as traditional yeast breads, but we do need it to have a bit in order to create that tender, chewy pizza crust texture we all love.
HOW TO USE PIZZA DOUGH
When your homemade pizza dough is ready to use, you have a few options. You can use it right away, use it later, freeze it, pre-bake it to use it another time, or make a frozen pizza.
If you’re going to use it right away, I highly recommend using my sheet pan pizza recipe. So easy! Otherwise, choose your favorite method for making homemade pizza and enjoy!
USE RIGHT AWAY
If you’re going to use it right away, lightly dust a large sheet pan or pizza stone with cornmeal and set it aside.
Use your hands to pat and flatten the dough and start shaping it to the size of your sheet pan or pizza stone. Transfer the dough to the prepared sheet pan or pizza stone, then finish shaping it. If dough is too stretchy and not keeping its shape, allow to rest for 5 minutes then continue shaping.
Score the dough with a fork, then place crust in the oven to pre-bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, score again, then spread sauce, cheese, and toppings as desired. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is browned to your liking.
USE IT LATER
Store finished dough in a bowl covered tightly with a damp towel and plastic wrap. Keep it in the refrigerator up to 12 hours. Remove from refrigerator when you are ready to use and proceed with preheating the oven.
To freeze dough for pizza another time, wrap the ball of dough in plastic then place in an airtight container and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then proceed with your pizza recipe.
PRE-BAKE IT FOR ANOTHER TIME
Not quite ready to use your pizza dough but want to streamline the process on another day?
Simply follow my recipe through scoring and pre-baking the crust, then wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then proceed with your recipe.
MAKE A FROZEN PIZZA
I LOVE this idea, and it’s so much better than buying a frozen pizza from the grocery store.
Follow my recipe through almost the entire recipe, stopping before the final bake. Freeze your topped pizza on a sheet pan or pizza stone until hard, then wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months. Bake frozen for 16-18 minutes.
USE HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH FOR INDIVIDUAL PIZZAS
The best part about this recipe of pizza dough? You can split it into up to 6 pieces to make individual personal pizzas. Just follow the recipe as written, pre-baking for 5 minutes, then final baking for 5-8 minutes or brown to your liking.
WHY I LOVE THIS PIZZA DOUGH
If you’re looking for a pizza dough recipe that is really simple and gives you a tender, chewy crust without a lot of fuss, this is it.
I am always so impressed with the texture of the final crust, and as a sometimes-a-crust-person-because-it-has-to-be-just-right kind of gal, I do love this pizza crust a lot.
It just gets better as leftovers are reheated (in an oven or toaster oven, to be specific) and it has just the right amount of crunch without breaking your teeth (that crust is the worst).
Don’t forget to grab my homemade pizza recipe (made on a baking sheet– so simple!) or use your favorite toppings to create your best Friday night treat!
Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
- 1 cup (240mL) warm water about 110ªF (45ºC)
- 2 and ¼ teaspoon (7g) dry active yeast or one package
- 1 Tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
- 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons (30mL) olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- cornmeal as needed
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar until combined. Set aside and allow yeast to activate for 5-10 minutes.
- When yeast is active and foamy, add the flour, olive oil, and salt. Stir with a large spatula or wooden spoon until dough starts to come together, looks shaggy, and is no longer wet.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough until it is smooth. Dust with more flour and knead into dough if it is too sticky, about ½ Tablespoon at a time. Allow pizza dough to rest for 10 minutes.
- Place an oven rack at the lowest position. Preheat oven to 450ºF (232ºC).
- Lightly dust a large sheet pan (13" x 18") or pizza stone with cornmeal. Set aside.
- Use your hands to pat and flatten the dough and start shaping it to the size of your sheet pan or pizza stone. Transfer the dough to the prepared sheet pan or pizza stone, then finish shaping it. If dough is too stretchy and not keeping its shape, allow to rest for 5 minutes then continue shaping.
- Score the dough with a fork, then place crust in the oven to pre-bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, score again, then spread sauce, cheese, and toppings as desired. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is browned to your liking. You can also use this recipe with my sheet pan pizza.
- To make ahead: store finished dough in a bowl covered tightly with a damp towel and plastic wrap. Keep it in the refrigerator up to 12 hours. Remove from refrigerator when you are ready to use and proceed with step 4.
- To freeze this dough: wrap ball of dough in plastic then place in an airtight container and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
- To freeze a pre-baked crust: follow the recipe through the first part of step 7. Wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then proceed with your recipe.
- To make a frozen pizza: follow the recipe through almost the entire recipe, stopping before the final bake. Freeze on sheet pan or pizza stone until hard, then wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months. Bake frozen for 16-18 minutes.
- To make individual pizzas: split this pizza dough into up to 6 pieces to make personal pizzas. Follow the recipe as written, pre-baking for 5 minutes, then final baking for 5-8 minutes or brown to your liking.
All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.
This was so easy and worked great for our Friday night pizza bar! We made 4 personal pizzas out of it and everyone picked their own toppings. It was a fun new way to do our favorite tradition! Thanks for the recipe.
I love this! Thanks, Ashley!
Really simple and I love that I didn’t have to let it rise. We made your sheet pan pizza and added pepperoni and sausage crumbles.
Awesome, Nattalie! Thanks so much 🙂
Highly recommend for anyone who is intimidated by yeast… that’s me! Super easy to follow directions, came out great. Lifesaver on a Friday night.
Thank you so much, Emily! I’m so glad to hear this 🙂
LOVED IT. Was really simple to make and the leftovers crisped up in the toaster oven beautifully just like you said. Thanks!
Thanks so much, Monica!
If using a 17×11 sheet pan.. how much more would bake time vary?
Hi, Miranda– probably not much different. Let me know how it works out!