This homemade pizza dough recipe is SO EASY! Make a classic New York Style pepperoni pizza or use this pizza crust with your own favorite toppings. Pair with this pizza sauce recipe or make buffalo chicken pizza!
Prep Time:2 hours 15 mins
Cook Time:6 mins
Total Time:2 hours 21 minutes
Yield:2 pizzas 1x
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp active yeast
2 tsp granulated sugar or honey
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (plus 1/2 cup if needed)
1 tsp salt
Toppings, as desired: pizza sauce, mozzarella (fresh or shredded), diced vegetables (we like onions and bell peppers), and pepperoni or cooked sausage
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.