Our search for the perfect pizza started several years ago.
After a few months of being away from the coast, my family and I started going through pizza withdrawals.
We LOVE East Coast Style pizza. I was determined to create this from home. After many attempts, I have fine tuned both the pizza dough recipe AND the pizza sauce. Now you can enjoy it too!
This homemade pizza dough is SO easy! All you have to do is mix, rise, roll, and cook. You will have delicious and healthy pizza dough ready for pizza night!
Here’s Why You Should Make This
Besides the fact that this recipe is so tasty, and super quick & easy, it’s also:
- Healthier. With only a few ingredients, this recipe is simply free of anything artificial.
- Made from scratch. By making real food pizza dough from scratch, we avoid all of the yucky additives and sweeteners commonly found in pre-made, processed doughs.
- Frugal. Making real food from scratch saves a ton of money for now and in the long run.
- Freezer-friendly. Pizza dough can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen for longer term meal planning .
Here’s What You Need
Notes on the Ingredients
Other pizza doughs can use Einkorn whole wheat flour, which is an ancestral grain. Even some people with gluten sensitivity can enjoy Einkorn flour. Here’s my recipe for Einkorn flour pizza dough if you’d like to try it out!
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Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. Combine warm water, yeast and sweetener. Allow it to sit and bloom for five minutes.
Step 2. Add all-purpose flour and salt and knead for 10 minutes.
Step 3. Cover with a towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm place.
Step 4. To make your pizza: pound or roll out dough one pizza at a time. Top as desired with sauce, mozzarella, vegetables, and pepperoni.
Step 5. Bake in a hot oven on a hot pizza stone or preheated pan for 4-6 minutes.
- When I combine the warm water, dry yeast, and sweetener I use either a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (I use a KitchenAid).
- When it comes to cheese, we’ve found that fresh mozzarella sliced thin makes for the best cheese. Other than that, fresh, unprocessed toppings always taste best.
- Applegate Farms makes a nitrate-free pepperoni that is good. Of course, pepperoni is one of the few foods that fall into the 80/20 rule, so it’s not always a necessity for good pizza.
Yes! You can use bread flour for pizza dough, it’s actually very popular. I haven’t used it for this recipe. I use all-purpose flour, which is readily available in any grocery store. Another popular flour for pizza dough is bread flour, but I haven’t used it for this recipe.
To get a crispy crust, you need an exceptionally hot oven and a pizza stone (I have this one).
Preheat your oven to 550F when you start making the dough. This creates a great warm environment for the dough to rise, plus plenty of time for the stone to get piping hot.
Note: Using a pizza peel like this one makes moving the pizzas super easy!
New York Style (East Coast) pizza isn’t every one’s favorite so if you prefer more of a Sicilian type pizza (thicker, more doughy crust), try my focaccia bread spread out over a 9″x13″ cookie sheet, then topped with this sauce and your favorite toppings.
Here are some delicious topping ideas:
- Pizza sauce (here is my easy and delicious recipe)
- Mozzarella (fresh or shredded)
- Diced vegetables (we like onions and bell peppers)
- Pepperoni/meats as desired
More Pizza Recipes
- Easy Pizza Bagels
- Homemade Buffalo Chicken Pizza
- Perfect Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
- Homemade Pizza Bagel Bites
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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
- Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes
- Yield: 2 pizzas 1x
- Category: Main Meals
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- Combine warm water, active dry yeast and sweetener in either a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (I use a KitchenAid).
- Allow the yeast mixture to sit and bloom for five minutes.
- Add all-purpose flour and salt and knead for 10 minutes, or by hand until the dough is elastic and springs back into place after the thumb test. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, as needed for the dough to come together and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a towel and allow it to rise in a warm place until it’s doubled in size, 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 550F or as high as your oven will go. Shape into two round balls of dough on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a towel until you are ready to use.
- To make your pizza: pound or roll out dough one pizza at a time with a rolling pin. Top as desired with sauce, mozzarella, vegetables, and pepperoni. . Bake in a hot oven on a hot pizza stone or preheated pan for 4-6 minutes.
Using a pizza peel like this one makes moving the pizzas super easy!
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 160
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