It took me an eternity…
…To to find a pizza crust recipe we really liked. So many of the other pizza dough recipes I tried were too dry, or too crumbly, or lacked that perfect chewiness we craved.
I’m pretty sure angels sang when I made this dough recipe for the first time. It’s so perfect we don’t even miss restaurant pizza anymore, (which is a good thing when you live 40 miles from town…)
I make pizza dough recipe with a variety of flours- sometimes unbleached all-purpose, sometimes hard white/red whole wheat, and sometimes a mixture of both. I’m sure you could experiment with souring or soaking this recipe, but I have not. After an attempt to make this with sprouted flour that ended up being a d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r, hubby made me promise to leave this recipe just the way it is.
Best Pizza Dough Recipe
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Yield: One 12″-13″ round pizza
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
- 2 Tablespoon sucanat (where to buy) (or granulated sweetener of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (where to buy)
- 1 Tablespoon dry active yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon each of basil, oregano, and garlic powder (optional, but make for an even more flavorful crust)
- 2 3/4 cups flour (see note above. If using 100% whole wheat, try adding a pinch of citric acid to help soften the dough)
- Tomato sauce, shredded cheese, and toppings of your choice.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oil, sucanat, salt, seasonings, and yeast. Add warm water all at once and stir thoroughly to dissolve. Gradually add the flour until you have a workable, but not dry, dough. Take care if using 100% whole wheat flour not to add too much, as that will result in a dry crust.
Knead on a clean, floured surface for around six minutes. Place back into the mixing bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for one hour or until nearly doubled.
Bake a preheated 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is just starting to turn golden brown.
- Try realllly hard not to overbake the crust. Pull it out of the oven when it’s just turning toasty brown, but not dark brown.
- Really want to wow your friends? Make homemade mozzarella to top your homemade pizza dough!
- Mix up pizza night by using this crust recipe to make homemade calzones instead.
- Wanna know the secret to perfect homemade pizza every time? Get a pizza stone. Seriously, having a stone has made all the difference in the world for us. They aren’t that expensive, and NEVER use anything else to bake my pizzas. Try it once and you’ll never go back to a regular cookie sheet.
Even though I’ve found many other pizza crust recipes throughout my travels online, I don’t even give them a second glance. This one has definitely earned it’s place in my kitchen!