Simple Pizza Crust Recipe for Inexperienced persons


No dough? No drawback. This simple, fool-proof pizza dough recipe is made for newbies so irrespective of the place you’re at in your pizza journey you’ll be able to assure the right pizza crust! Plus easy directions for a primary margherita pizza recipe that you would be able to construct on and get artistic with. P.S. You possibly can knead this by hand or in a stand-mixer – instructions are included for each!

I noticed a meme the opposite day that felt oh so poignant to our present state of affairs. It was one thing alongside the traces of “I like that when issues are falling aside globally our preliminary intuition is to bake bread”. That is OH SO TRUE. The quantity of people that both a) don’t contemplate themselves to be bakers and/or b) have by no means baked something of their lives which have principally turn into homesteaders is fairly unbelievable! A lot in order that flour and yeast can often be onerous to come back by and sure locations are even bought out of chicks for hen coops! We’re principally going again to an agrarian society. I don’t hate it.

A few of you might keep in mind my adventures in sourdough baking a few years in the past upon which I found I’ll by no means decide the price of a loaf of bread ever once more. Sourdough baking ain’t simple. Your starter is principally a toddler and don’t even get me began on what number of steps I needed to take to grasp the loaf. Wasn’t price it. I’ll fortunately pay my native baker for his or her effort and time.

That being stated, sure kinds of bread truly are quite simple to make at residence and with slightly elbow grease can truly be fairly satisfying to finish. Pizza dough tops that listing for me as a result of it doesn’t get any simpler or extra primary than that.

So for these of you who’ve by no means dabbled in bread making and/or pizza dough making, I’ve acquired you lined. This recipe is fool-proof and forgiving and let’s be actual, when you high it with cheese the remainder of it doesn’t actually matter.


Components You Want

  • all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet of dry energetic yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
  • salt
  • heat water
  • olive oil

That’s it! Severely, it doesn’t get extra primary than that. This pizza dough recipe makes sufficient for 3 pizza doughs. Be happy to refrigerate or freeze leftover dough. Directions for each beneath.

How To Make Simple Pizza Crust

Some individuals will inform you that you just want a elaborate flour or yeast however we’re not right here to turn into skilled pizza cooks. This crust tastes completely scrumptious however it’s not fussy and it really works. Additionally let’s be actual, most of us don’t have pizza stones not to mention a pizza oven in our home. No motive to overcomplicate issues for this pizza recipe.

Do you want a stand mixer to make pizza dough? No! You completely don’t. Nonetheless it’s MUCH simpler and hands-off for those who occur to have one. Simply you’ll want to use the dough hook attachment. Now I all the time use my stand mixer as a result of I’m lazy and it requires much less effort, nevertheless I’m together with directions for those who’re making the pizza dough by hand.

STEP 1: Mix dry elements – fairly easy. Mix your dry elements in a bowl or the bowl of our stand-mixer.

STEP 2: Add the olive oil to the nice and cozy water and slowly pour into the bowl whereas stirring till it comes collectively or turning the stand mixer on to the bottom setting. If utilizing a stand mixer go away the dough to combine for 8 minutes. It can come collectively into a giant sticky ball.

If kneading by hand, flour a clear floor (clear fingers too!) and calmly flour the floor and your fingers. Press into the dough with the bottom of your palms after which fold it again over right into a ball. Repeat this for 8 minutes.

STEP 3: Lower dough into 3 equal sized items and fold the dough over itself to kind 3 balls. Place balls on a baking sheet leaving area between every and drizzle with slightly olive oil. Cowl with a towel and let rise for 1 hour. It can double in measurement.

STEP 4: Earlier than stretching the dough preheat your oven to 500 levels F for those who’re making pizza proper then and there (recipe beneath). To stretch the dough, calmly flour a floor and place the ball down on high. Calmly flour your fingers and press them into the dough to assist flatten it. Place the dough over high of your knuckles and calmly knead your knuckles into the dough turning it as you go to stretch the dough to measurement. The perfect measurement is 11 inches however use your judgment. If it will get too skinny within the heart you’ll want to cease then.

STEP 5: Your pizza dough is prepared for toppings! I’m together with a straightforward margherita pizza recipe beneath however be happy to high with no matter toppings you need. I extremely advocate my zucchini and ricotta white pizza recipe if you wish to change issues up.

Are you able to refrigerate or freeze this pizza dough?

Sure! In actual fact this pizza dough recipe tastes even higher for those who let it sit within the fridge for 1-3 days. If you’re storing it within the fridge, place every pizza dough in a person container or bowl and canopy it with a towel. Earlier than baking take away dough from vessel and place again on a baking sheet and canopy permitting it to come back to room temperature (30-60 minutes).

If storing within the freezer, place dough in a plastic bag and seal it shut with a twist tie. To bake, take away from freezer and permit to thaw on counter. As soon as thawed take away dough from bag and place on a baking sheet. Cowl it with a towel and permit to come back to room temperature (30-60 minutes). Dough will hold within the freezer for 4-6 months.

Simple Margherita Pizza Recipe

If you happen to’re on the lookout for an excellent simple pizza recipe, I’ve acquired you lined. Right here is the recipe:

  • 3-4 tbsp tomato sauce (don’t overdo this as it would make the pizza soggy)
  • 4-6 oz mozzarella cheese (might be pre-grated or entire + chopped)
  • recent basil
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 500 levels F. Excellent to do that as much as an hour earlier than baking to ensure the oven is admittedly sizzling. In your stretched pizza dough unfold your tomato sauce throughout leaving 1/2 an inch alongside the perimeters for the crust. Drizzle with slightly olive oil. Scatter the cheese throughout pizza and high with recent basil torn into items. Salt and pepper to style.

Bake your margherita pizza for 4-10 minutes relying on how sizzling your oven runs and the way lengthy the oven has been on. Watch intently so it doesn’t burn. Take away from oven and lower into 8 slices. Get pleasure from!


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Simple Pizza Dough Recipe


4.8 from 6 evaluations

  • Creator: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 70 minutes
  • Prepare dinner Time: 10 minutes
  • Whole Time: 80 minutes
  • Yield: 3 pizza crusts 1x



  • 3 1/2 cups all function flour
  • 1 packet of dry energetic yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heat water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + extra for drizzling


  1. In a big bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer mix flour, yeast and sea salt.*
  2. Add olive oil to heat water.
  3. On the low setting or whereas stirring dry combine slowly add your water-oil combine to dry elements.
  4. If utilizing a stand mixer enable to proceed mixing for 8 minutes.
  5. If kneading by hand calmly flour a clear floor and place your sticky dough on high. Calmly flour your fingers and start kneading by urgent the bottom of the palms of your fingers into the dough and the folding the dough over itself. Repeat this for 8 minutes. Dough ought to be prepared when it feels pillowy and is a easy outer texture.
  6. Lower dough into 3 equal slices after which roll the dough over itself to kind a ball.
  7. Place balls on a baking sheet and calmly drizzle with olive oil earlier than protecting with a clear dish towel. Let dough sit out for 1 hour to double in measurement.
  8. At this level you’ll be able to place the dough within the fridge or freezer if saving for an additional day (see directions above).
  9. If utilizing dough instantly place it again down on a clear and calmly floured floor and flatten dough with the palms of your fingers.
  10. Place dough over high of your knuckles on each fingers and calmly press knuckles into dough whereas handing over a circle. Proceed doing this till dough is roughly 11 inches in measurement.
  11. Place dough on a baking sheet and proceed by including toppings of selection.
  12. See above for straightforward margherita pizza recipe.

*If utilizing stand mixer you’ll want to use the dough hook attachment

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