Homemade Pizza Dough

Growing up, Friday nights were always sacred pizza nights in my family. My Nana Lulu would make at least five, with some being plain and some with toppings to suit everyone. I don’t know how she did it, but she would get the dough so amazingly thin and we would easily devour all five pies. When I learned how easy it was to make my own homemade pizza dough I became absolutely hooked, and excited that hopefully one day I’ll be able to create those memories for my own grandchildren! There aren’t many ingredients needed, this is as basic as it gets.

The warm water and yeast mixture bubbling and coming alive for the homemade pizza dough.
First, I made the yeast base for the homemade pizza dough. Yeast is like baby bear and doesn’t like water that is too hot or cold. So I made sure it felt like bath water, or about 100 degrees. Then the warm water and yeast mixture bubbled and came alive perfectly.
The homemade pizza dough all put together.
After that, my beloved stand mixer and dough hook did all of the work for me. The homemade pizza dough came together perfectly. I used high gluten bread flour here so that the dough had a strong structure to hold up to all of the toppings.
The homemade pizza dough starting to expand. It's alive!!
Then I just had to exercise patience. I let the homemade pizza dough expand and work its magic for two days. Every so often, I punched it down and let it expand again. That way it really fermented and developed flavor.

Once the homemade pizza dough was done proofing, the possibilities were endless. This recipe was enough to make 4 good sized pizzas. The dough could have been cut into quarters and then rolled out. It can also be divided and rolled up to make a ton of stromboli. My plan was to make calzones with it (stay tuned for that). I cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and then rolled each of them out into circles to make 8 huge calzones and it was perfect. This easy and versatile homemade pizza dough is the most amazing start to great culinary memories. Hope you all love it!

Homemade Pizza Dough
Homemade Pizza Dough
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Homemade Pizza Dough
Homemade Pizza Dough
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
6 mins
Servings: 4 pizzas
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 3 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 ounce active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cups olive oil plus extra for greasing the bowl
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 pounds high gluten (bread) flour
  1. In a bowl, combine the warm water and yeast and stir them together to get the yeast activated. Then gently pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
  2. Add the olive oil, salt and sugar into the stand mixer bowl and let the dough hook slowly stir everything together on low speed. Then slowly and gradually add in the flour until it is all incorporated. Let the dough hook continue working until the dough is elastic and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Then it's done.
  3. Transfer the dough to a large bowl greased with olive oil and make sure it gets coated in that oil. Cover it and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or up to 3 days. Periodically check on it to make sure it doesn't overflow out of the bowl, and lightly punch it down if it is expanding too much.
  4. When you are ready to use it, divide it up and roll it out however you desire! Pizza, calzones, stromboli, the possibilities are endless! This recipe is enough to make 4 large pizzas or 8 large calzones.


4 thoughts on “Homemade Pizza Dough”

  1. N. J. and NYC have the best pizza pie! I was told as a young child it was because of the water? HeHe I think my sweet Uncle George was fibbing to me but it made me giggle at him! Great job! Cheryl.

    1. Cheryl, I really think it is the water. It has such a huge effect on the yeast for pizza dough and bagels (plus I think the yeast takes on some of that NY/NJ attitude, at least that’s what my pastry instructor told us, hehehe)!

  2. If you want to freeze the pizza dough – at what point would you use some of the dough and freeze the remaining for another day?

    1. Hi! When the dough is done expanding and you are ready to use it, that’s when you can wrap up whatever you are not going to use and freeze it. I hope that helps! 🙂

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