How to Make Pizza Dough From Scratch

How to Make Pizza Dough for all your pizza creations! Today’s easy “How To” will help you whip up grilled summer pizzas all season long.

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Pizza dough is one of those things that is so easy to make, it’s a shame to buy it.

However, it does take a little time to rise. So I often make double or triple batches to store in the freezer. That way, when I feel a pizza night coming on, I can set a couple pizza dough balls out on the counter to thaw and rise.


My family can always tell the difference between homemade and store-bought crust, and once you taste this, I’m sure you will too!

How to Make Pizza Dough

Start by activating your yeast. For the best results, yeast needs to mix with slightly warm (not hot) water and a little sugar to jump-start it. Allow it to foam for at least 10 minutes before continuing on.

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Then mix in the flour, oil and salt and let your stand mixer knead and do the dirty work for you. Knead the dough with the bread hook for 5-10 minutes.

The kneading process works the gluten and gives the dough that stretchy pizza dough quality.

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Dump the kneaded dough into a well-oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth, or plastic wrap.

Let the dough rise until double in size.

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Then dump the dough out on a work surface, and cut into 2 equal pieces.

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Like this…

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Roll the edges of each piece under to create balls of dough.

Now it’s time to either roll out your pizza dough for fresh pizzas, or wrap them well and stick them in the freezer for later!

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18 comments on “How to Make Pizza Dough From Scratch

  1. Bri | Bites of Briposted June 17, 2014 at 6:11 am Reply

    Great tips! I love homemade dough but often find myself buying it for ease. Stocking the freezer is a great way to avoid that. Thanks, Sommer!

  2. Becca from It's Yummi!posted June 17, 2014 at 6:46 am Reply

    Sommer, have you ever tried to roll out the dough and assemble the pizza before freezing? Just wonder if it would work.

  3. Christine from Cook the Storyposted June 17, 2014 at 6:59 am Reply

    Thanks for the great go-to recipe for pizza night!

  4. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted June 17, 2014 at 8:35 am Reply

    Great “How-To!” I had no idea how easy it is to make this. I’m totally trying this out!

  5. Abbyposted June 18, 2014 at 11:33 am Reply

    I agree that I’d love to stock my freezer with pizza dough for nights when we’re just too hungry to wait for the dough to rise.
    How do you defrost your dough? Fridge or kitchen counter? Does it need to rise extra post-defrost?

  6. Kathleen @ My Trader Joesposted June 29, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    Hi Sommer I love this recipe. It’s very similar to the one I make for my family with the only difference is I add 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon of sugar for a little bit of sweetness. My family doesn’t seem to take notice of sugar in the dough as much as the topping ingredients, but I like to nibble on the crust and can taste the difference. For anyone who doesn’t normally make their own dough, give it a try as I’m certain you’ll taste the difference over store bought. Happy Cooking!

  7. Asheville Steveposted June 30, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

    So last year, my fiancé and I made a couple pizza’s on our own, and they turned out really well. She even made a football out of pepperoni on one of them, because we’d made it for the Dolphins game (unfortunately they lost that game miserably). However, we’d picked up the dough at the store, because I have to admit that I didn’t realize it would be this easy to make. Sounds like the makings for a good night!

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  10. Myaaposted October 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm Reply

    I use this recipe all the time now, and I love it! Simple and delicious.

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  12. Namagiriposted April 17, 2015 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Can I use All purpose flour instead? 

  13. Marthaposted June 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm Reply

    How long does this pizza cook for? And what temperature? Couldn’t find it in the directions. Thank you.

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