My Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

My incredible tasty, 5 ingredient yeast pizza dough recipe. You don't need exotic flours, 20 different ingredients, or anything like that to make a great pizza dough.

Mike Reed  —  Published  01.09.17

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After years of experimentation with my yeast pizza dough I've come to this conclusion: simplicity works. I've experimented with all sorts ingredients: lard, butter, sugar, Italian pastry flour, olive oil, etc, etc. 

Some worked better than other but none worked as well as these five simple ingredients. 

The RecipeTime: 2 1/2 hours
Level of difficulty: easy

- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon yeast

It's not the ingredients, it's the process

That's the frustrating part of yeast breads...it doesn't matter how good your ingredients are. It's about the process you use to put them together.

Starting the dough

Pour your yeast in the warm water. Don't worry about stirring it or anything. It will activate on its own.

Next, pour the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Sift it together with a fork.

Once the yeast is frothing (usually about 5 min), pour the water / yeast mixture in the mixing bowl. Then throw the garlic in. Use your fork to stir the mixture for a minute or two. Don't worry if the dough started getting clumpy. It should look like the below-left image anyway.

Start kneading, let it rise, spread it out

After the dough get clumpy, start kneading it.

I always found that rubbing a little olive oil on my hands helps the dough not to stick too much when I'm pressing it. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until all the pockets of flours are mixed in. It should look like the above-right image.

Let the dough rise for 2 hours or so until doubled.

After this, rip off a large sheet of aluminum foil and spray it with Pam. Spread the dough out on the sheet will your hands, thick or thin, depending on what you like. ONE THING: gentle poke holes on the top of your dough with your folk. This will keep air pockets from forming during the pre-bake.

Time to start the pre-bake

Pizza stones If you don't have a pizza stone, I highly recommend you buying one. They only cost $30 or so on Amazon and will make a huge different with your crust. 

The pre-bake gives the crust that crispy bottom and makes dealing with the dough much easier.

Heat your oven to 400-F and put the dough in for 10 minutes or until firm but not overly cooked. When you take the dough out, peel the foil off. Use the top of dough as the bottom of the pizza.

Now you can start adding the toppings.

In the oven at 500-F

Now it's time to put in the oven at 500-F. Bake 5-10 minutes, depending on how thick your crust is. Once the cheese is completely melted, take the pizza out and enjoy!