The hands down Best Homemade Pizza Dough recipe! Use it to make a thin, crispier crust, a thick-fluffy crust, or an easy dough for homemade calzones. It requires just a handful of fresh and wholesome ingredients and is practically fool proof!
- 1 cup warm water (around 105°F/38°C)
- 1 tablespoon organic sugar
- 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
Toppings of choice, we used:
- Pour the water into a medium bowl and mix in the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over, stir lightly and allow it to sit until the yeast has activated, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer, stir together the flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture along with the olive oil and mix with a stiff spatula or the standing mixer until a solid ball of dough begins to form.
- Knead the dough using the dough hook on the stand mixer or by hand for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic, If the dough sticks to the bowl or your hands like bubblegum, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it’s easier to work with.
- You have three options for the next step! Option 1: Use the dough right away and skip the rise time for a thin-crusted pizza. Be sure to split it into two as it is enough for 2 pizzas. Option 2: Form the dough into a ball and place it into a large oiled bowl. Toss the dough so it is coated, and then cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Place it in a warm area to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size. Option 3: Store the dough for use the next day. Place it into a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and place into the refrigerator. Remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to sit on the countertop for about 2 hours (or until it reaches room temperature) before using.
- Preheat the oven to 500°F and arrange a rack in the bottom third of the oven.
- You can either divide the dough in half here or opt to make 1 large fluffy pizza (examples below)! Pat or roll the dough into a 12-inch round, creating thicker edges for a crust as desired. Grease a baking sheet or line it with a silicone mat, and transfer the dough onto it. Top the dough with about 1/4-1/3 cup of sauce, and your toppings of choice. We like to use BBQ sauce, corn, peppers, onions, and vegan sausage or smoky tofu.
- Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Baking time will vary depending on the heat of your oven and how thick or thin you rolled your pizza. Repeat with the second pizza dough.
- Cool until easy to handle, slice and dig in!
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: pizza, entree, lunch, dinner, kids, on the go, easy
- Cuisine: Vegan, Italian
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