Homemade pizza dough recipe that's easy to make and with freezing tips
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!
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.
Beautiful pizza dough ready to place in a bowl to rise.
Lightly punch the dough down and then onto a floured surface.
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. Make sure you check out my Shopping List below to see the items used in this recipe.
The Pampered Chef Medium Round Stone with BuiltPampered Chef Rectangular Stone 12” x 15”Pampered Chef Large White Round Stone with handlesNew Star Foodservice 50295 Wooden Pizza Peel, 14BambooWorx Pizza Peel, Premium Natural Bamboo Paddle, Perfect