Homemade Pizza Dough

Nothing beats pizza. Nothing.

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But – sometimes I find myself craving something “healthy” and homemade.

Thankfully, this pizza dough meets both those criteria in my eyes! Throw on some marinara sauce, buffalo mozz, and a fleck of basil – and voila!

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Or perhaps drizzle it in olive oil, spread a generous layer of cheese over top, and cover in pancetta.

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

For two large pizzas, you will need:

– 3 1/2 cups flour. NOTE: I tried this recipe once with 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 bread flour, and another entirely with bread flour. All purpose flour will make a more doughy and chewy crust. While bread flour will make a crispier crust. Personally, I preferred the bread flour.

– 1 teaspoon sugar

– 1 envelope of instant dry yeast (Fleischmann’s has a “pizza crust” kind)

– 2 teaspoons salt

– 1 1/2 cups hot water

– 2 Tablespoons olive oil + a bit for drizzling

Step One: Mix flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.

Step Two: If you have a mixer, throw on the dough hook and begin to add the water and olive oil to the dry mix. If not, just knead it by hand.

Step Three: Once the dough has made a shaggy ball, toss it onto a floured surface and knead it until smooth. Place into a bowl greased with olive oil, wrap and chill for 45mins-1 hour in the fridge. You can chill it up to 3 days for a super bubbly, chewy, and more flavourful crust.

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Step Four: Remove from fridge and slice into two portions. Gently roll each portion into a rough square shape, then use your hands to tug the dough outwards from the centre, stretching it into your final pizza shape.

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Step Five: Bake at 500F for approximately 6-10 minutes. Remove, add toppings, then bake for another 5-10. If you’ve got a pizza stone, this is the time to use it! Place your dough onto a piece of parchment, and lay it directly on top of the stone. Otherwise, a cookie sheet or pizza tray will do.

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

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Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

You’ll be feeling pretty Italian by the end of the night!

A crunchy layer of crust. Bubbling soft, moist mozzarella. Warm marinara sauce. A girl couldn’t ask for more!

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Homemade pizza dough and pizza margherita

Now, if someone could get their hands on the Cibo pizza dough recipe for me…

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