Homemade Pizza Dough… Worth it!

I made pizza dough a couple of weeks back and made cheese pizza with it. I have to say, it was AWESOME! I think I will definitely make the effort to always make my own dough. We sprinkled some garlic salt along the edge right before we put it in the oven and it turned out great.

Here is the pizza dough recipe and the makings for a cheese pizza.


  • 3 cups of BREAD Flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/2teaspon of instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sauce (well worth making your own sauce!):

  • 1 can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cheese (Perfect blend!)

  • 1 ounce parmesan cheese, finely grated (1/2 cup)
  • 8 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)

1. The dough: Process flour, sugar, and yeast in a processor until combined (I used my KitchenAide mixer with the dough hook attachment).

Dry ingredients to be mixed

Slowly add water; process or mix until dough is just combined and no dry flour remains, about 10 seconds. Let dough stand for 10 minutes.

Just before adding the oil and salt; let stand 10 min

2. Add oil and salt to dough and process until dough forms satiny, sticky ball that clears the sides of workbowl, 30-60 seconds.

Remove dough from bowl and knead briefly on lightly oiled counter until smooth, about a minute.

Be sure to have oil on the surface. This is STICKY dough!

Shape dough into tight ball and place in large lightly oiled bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.

Lightly spray bowl and plastic wrap with oil to prevent sticking

When you are ready to make the pizza (at least 24 hours later, per instructions), prep your work area with a lot of flour.

Pull the dough out of the refrigerator and divide it into two sections. Be sure to have a bit of oil on your hands as this dough is very sticky! Make sure to shape each section into a tight ball and place on a flat surface and cover with plastic wrap (sprayed with oil) and let them sit for one hour.

Letting the dough sit for two hours

After the hour, dust the dough and your work surface, well, with flour.

Work on flattening the dough into an 8″ circle and then gently pull it out to 12″ round.

Beginning to push dough out to 8″ diameter

With a little gentle pulling/pushing to dough got to 12″ in diameter

Transfer the dough to the pizza sheet or if you have  pizza stone, be sure you have turned your oven on.

  • If you have a stone reposition the racks to the higher positions and heat the oven to 500 degrees. I do not have a pizza stone so I set my oven to 450 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes. This allows the crust and cheese to brown in areas without burning.

Sometime in there all of the ingredients for the sauce need to be mixed together. The food processor does this really well. Season to your liking after a taste test.

All of the ingredients for the sauce mixed at once.

Once the sauce is complete. Spoon it onto the dough and spread it out leaving a 1/4 inch border at the edges.

Spread the sauce out on the dough

Once the sauce is spread, it is time to add the cheese mixture.

Cheese, this blend really makes the pizza

Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes for a nice browning of the crust and cheese.

Time to EAT!

I also add a little bit of garlic salt to the edge of the pizza right before I bake it  for a little extra flavor.

Would you make your own pizza or just stick with delivery or boboli? I would still buy  a premade pizza, however; there is something about a homemade pizza that makes me proud!