How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough in 10 Steps

It’s time to prepare a delicious pizza in your wood-fired oven pizza oven. But you need a base to put all the toppings on. You will be able to taste the difference between homemade and store-bought pizza dough.

Although making pizza crust can be frustrating for many, it is essential to creating great pizza. We hope you don’t find making pizza dough confusing or difficult. Although your first attempt at making pizza dough might not be perfect, it will be fun and rewarding for many years.

Great pizza starts with great dough. Here’s how to make great pizza dough from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (approx 110degF to115degF).
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 ounce active dry yeast is required for your dough’s rise
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fine ground yellow cornmeal or semolina flour
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra to coat the bowl
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Mix yeast, sugar and water in a bowl. Stir.
  2. Let it sit until the top is foamy.
  3. Mix 1/2 cup flour, the semolina, and 1/3 cup olive oils with the salt.
  4. Continue to mix the flour one cup at a while until it is all combined.
  5. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it until it is smooth and tacky.
  6. Place the dough in a large bowl that has been coated with olive oil.
  7. Use wax paper to cover the bowl or a damp towel to protect it.
  8. Allow to double in size in a warm place. This usually takes over an hour.
  9. Knead the dough lightly and divide it into two equal portions.
  10. Now, seal the bags and your dough can be used as per the instructions.

Note: This dough can be frozen and stored for up to four months. Make sure the dough is thawed for at least a few hours before you use it.

Now that you know the basics, it is time to buy fresh yeast and good quality flour. You will soon be a master at making delicious pizzas and breads.

Pam Wiselogel loves to make wood-fired pizzas with her family and friends.

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