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Recipe: Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe with Freezing Tips.

Homemade pizza dough recipe that's easy to make and with freezing tips 
Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese sliced from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

My hubby and I have been married a long time.  And for almost as long as we've been married we have been having Homemade Pizza for dinner every Saturday night.  

But even longer than that is the fact that I have been having homemade pizza every Saturday night since my mother first starting making it...I won't give you the number of years, but let's just say it's a long time.  


Well, my mother used store-bought pizza dough, which is great too.  I do the same as well lately with life being so busy, but there is nothing like the taste of pizza dough made from scratch.  

My family loves homemade pizza.  Maybe it's because my grandmother made the very best pizza.  When we were kids and we would go to visit my grandmother we put our requests in for only one type of food...pizza.  

She would make so many pizzas and freeze them that all she had to do was take them out of the freezer and pop them into the oven and lunch or dinner was ready for us.  Her's were the original "frozen pizzas" and they were amazing.  

One of the things that used to scare me about homemade dough was yeast.  But I've learned not to be afraid of yeast.  If it doesn't foam or proof, you shouldn't even add it to the flour mixture.  Nothing will rise and you'll be really sad then.  

One thing I have learned is to use a thermometer and make sure the water is anywhere from 110 degrees to 115 degrees before adding the packet of yeast.  You can add a little sugar if you want, but I find making sure the water is the perfect temperature is key. 

Freezing Tips:  If you don't want to use the dough right away, you can freeze the dough after it has risen.  Just form it into a ball and place in a freezer safe plastic bag.  

Defrosting Tips: Homemade dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.  Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before forming the pizza. 

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe


Beautiful happy foamy yeast!

Pizza Dough Yeast proofed from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Once the dough starts to come together into a ball, you're ready to begin the kneading process.   
Now set a timer for 5 minutes and let the machine knead the dough for you.  

If you find the dough beginning to stick to the sides of the pan, you can sprinkle 
a little flour to the dough while the machine is still running. 

Pizza Dough on dough hook in Kitchen Aid Mixer from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Beautiful pizza dough ready to place in a bowl to rise. 

Pizza Dough ready to rise from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Lightly punch the dough down and then onto a floured surface.

Punch the Pizza Dough in the bowl after it has risen from Walking on Sunshine Recipes


Forming the Dough for 

Pepperoni Mozzarella Cheese Pizza

Place the dough on a floured surface and start shaping the dough using a rolling pin or just your hands, stretch the dough into the shape for your pan.  


Add marinara or pizza sauce followed by mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings.We love pepperoni. Bake in a VERY hot preheated oven.  I like to bake my pizza at 435 degrees.  

You can bake directly on a baking tray or line the baking tray with aluminum foil. 
 Even better is to use a pizza stone, which is what I use now.  

I have found the BEST pizza stones are from Pampered Chef.

Pizza with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese ready to bake from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Here it is baked and looking delicious!  
Pepperoni and Mozzarella Cheese Pizza Baked from Walking on Sunshine Recipes
Want a slice?  
Pepperoni and Mozzarella Cheese Pizza sliced from Walking on Sunshine Recipes


Homemade Pizza Dough

My favorite pizza dough recipe! I've been using this recipe for years and it comes out delicious every single time.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 to 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the yeast to the 1 cup of warm water, stir and set aside for about 5 minutes to proof. When the yeast starts to get bubbly and foamy, it's ready.
  2. Add the salt, sugar and olive oil to a mixing bowl with the dough hook attached.
  3. Add the yeast to the bowl as well.
  4. Add one cup of flour while the mixer is on low speed until it is combined with the wet ingredients. Then add the second cup of flour.
  5. The mixture should start to come together into a ball that is just a bit sticky.
  6. Knead the dough: You can do this two ways, by hand or let the mixer do it. I prefer to use the mixer. Set a timer for 5 minutes and let the machine continue to mix the dough on low speed.
  7. If the dough starts sticking to the sides of the mixer, you can add a little more flour.
  8. After 5 minutes you should have a nice smooth ball of dough that is slightly tacky and springs back when you poke it.
  9. Add a little oil to another clean bowl. Swirl the oil around so it covers the sides of the bowl.
  10. Add the dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size; about 1 to 2 hours.
  11. After the dough has risen, lightly "punch the dough" and then turn it out on a floured surface to prepare for pizza. 
Freezing Tips:

After the dough has risen, punch it down, shape it into a ball and then place in a freezer safe bag. You can freeze the dough for up to 3 months.  When ready to use, defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe for pepperoni mozzarella cheese pizza from Walking on Sunshine Recipes









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22 comments

  1. Good morning! Can't tell you how good that looks....I LOVE anything with homemade dough. There is just nothing that can beat it. I love the smell of yeasty bread...haha. Have a wonderful week-end Lois! HUGS

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  2. I am going to try your recipe the next time I make homemade pizza. I usually divide mine onto two large round pizza pans...that makes a super thin crust, but I like thin.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I used to make my own pizza dough and we would do the Pizza On The Grill. Hubs loved it!! I should make it again one day. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. Your pizza looks awesome. Now I have a HUGE craving, definitely pizza tonight.

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  5. We love pizza and that sure does look yummy.
    I am one of those that is afraid of anything with yeast. I will have to try your way. Thanks
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  6. That looks delicous! Since I found out I am gluten sensitive, I haven't had pizza....well only once but it was a flop even though a King Arthur box mix. Your husband must love your cooking!

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  7. That looks so good! We love homemade pizza too. I usually make the dough in the bread maker. I used to have a sour dough starter that I used to make pizza dough and it was so yummy!

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  8. I don't remember being invited over for dinner tomorrow night. lol The pizza looks fantastic! We usually have homemade pizza on Friday nights - and it just occurred to me that I need to get on that project! Enjoy your pizza and have a great weekend!♥

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  9. That is a versatile recipe - I use it for french bread also. You pizza looks delicious - I'll make some tomorrow night.

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  10. We were just talking about finding a good pizza dough recipe today!! I think we have been blessed to find one that sounds and looks so delicious. I look forward to trying this real soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. I'm so glad you shared this! I love homemade pizza, but the recipe I use for our dough is terrible. I can't wait to try yours though; it looks delicious! Thanks!

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  13. I am going to get the ingredients and try this tomorrow - it looks terrific! sandie

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  14. The pizza, especially the crust, looks so tasty! Hope you have a blessed Sunday.

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  15. We love good pizza and this looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I've always meant to try making my own pizza. Yours does look very tasty.

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  18. Oh wow, I suddenly want pizza for dinner :)

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  19. looks awesome! questions: I've never seen that thing you are kneading with! What is it?? And, it looks like you have your cookie sheet lined with foil?? Where did you put the olive oil? I can't wait to try this!

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  20. I was one of those people that was afraid of yeast for a very long time. I think part of it was that my Mom never made yeast breads so I never saw how it was done. I finally got over my fear of yeast in the last few years, and I am so glad that I did! Your pizza looks so yummy Lois, and I love that you have a Saturday night tradition. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Rachel

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  21. I was one of those people that was afraid of yeast for a very long time. I think part of it was that my Mom never made yeast breads so I never saw how it was done. I finally got over my fear of yeast in the last few years, and I am so glad that I did! Your pizza looks so yummy Lois, and I love that you have a Saturday night tradition. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Rachel

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