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Everyone loves a good pizza, well at least almost everyone. πŸ™‚ In this recipe post, I will show you how to make amazing homemade pizza dough.

This dough is incredible, it tastes just like what you will get at the restaurants! A friend of mine has been making pizza for over 25 years and he showed me this homemade recipe. It is my new go-to recipe for pizza dough.

Homemade pizza dough doesn’t have to be hard, join with me as I show you how to make amazing pizza dough! Let’s get baking!

Need a good homemade pizza sauce to go with that awesome dough? Check out this homemade pizza sauce recipe.

Homemade pizza dough sitting on a bamboo cutting board surrounded by toppings.

Step 1: Gather pizza dough ingredients and tools

For this dough recipe, we need a handful of ingredients and one special ingredient that really makes this pizza dough shine. You will need:

Dough/Crust

  • All-purpose flour or plain flour – you can also use bread flour if you like.
  • Semolina flour  – Semolina flour is that special ingredient that helps make the dough chewy and gives it a great texture. Commonly used in pasta making, usually, it can be found in the same aisle as your other flours. You can leave out the Semolina Flour, if you do just replace it with another cup of all-purpose flour or bread flour, it just won’t taste quite like mine, but it will still be good.
  • Water – always use good tasting water. If your tap water tastes terrible like it does here in Phoenix, use good filtered water. I always use my filtered drinking water in my doughs.
  • Saltuse good fine-grain table salt, don’t use coarse salt.
  • Olive oil – I generally use a good quality extra virgin olive oil in my homemade pizza dough.
  • Active dry yeast – you may also use a rapid rise or instant yeast as well.
  • Sugar – just a bit of white granulated sugar.
  • Cornmeal – or use semolina flour on your pan before putting the dough on it.
  • Favorite toppings – Then use your favorite pizza toppings after laying down a good pizza sauce.
Bowls of different pizza dough ingredients sitting on a table.

Tools

For the tools you will need the following:

  • Pizza pan – this is my favorite pizza pan. I like the holes in the bottom which help to cook the bottom of the crust.
  • Whisk
  • Bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Damp cloth
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Dough proofer – I use my dough proofer all the time it works wonders with dough. This is a purely optional tool.

Step 2: How to make homemade pizza dough

To start off let’s proof the yeast. To do this, heat up your water in the microwave to about 105 to 115 degrees F (40 to 44 C). Then add the sugar and the yeast.

Next, use a whisk and mix it around a little bit. Now just set it aside for about 5 to 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy. The yeast is active and ready to go! Once the yeast is ready add in your oil and whisk it in.

Bowl of foamy activated yeast sitting on a table.

Step 3: Combine dry ingredients

Now let’s combine our dry ingredients, by adding the semolina flour and the salt to the all-purpose flour. The semolina flour will help make the dough chewier.

Although you can substitute the semolina with all-purpose flour if you like, it just won’t be quite the same. But it will still be good.

Hand with green whisk mixing flour and semolina.

Step 4: Combine yeast mixture with dry ingredients

Now we just mix in our dry ingredients slowly with the yeast mixture, maybe about a 4th of it at a time. You can start with your whisk, then move to a wooden spoon.

After awhile it will get hard to use even the wooden spoon, and the dough will form.

Man holding wooden spoon stirring homemade pizza dough in a large glass bowl.

Step 5: Knead the dough

After the dough forms, move from the wooden spoon to your hands or you can use a stand mixer. I still hand knead all my doughs. Start in the bowl, then pour out the dough onto your surface.

Hands kneading pizza dough on a silicone mat.

Now continue adding your flour as you knead. Push down on the dough and out, stretching it slightly, then turn it a quarter turn, fold it toward you and push down with your palm, keep doing that for about 8 minutes. You will probably wind up with flour left over. Add flour as needed to keep it from sticking.

Freshly kneaded ball of pizza dough on a silicone mat.

Step 6: Let the pizza dough from scratch rise

Next, let the dough rise. Put some olive oil in a large bowl, about half of a tablespoon or about two teaspoons, then using our fingers to make sure to coat the inside of the bowl.

Now add the dough and coat the dough with the oil in the bowl. Then place some plastic wrap and then a damp cloth on top.

Place the bowl in a warm area or in your dough proofer and let it rise for an hour to an hour and a half.

Man holding bowl of rising pizza dough that is covered with a white cloth.

Step 7: Roll out the pizza dough

Now we preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. The dough has risen so we take it out and cut it into equal parts. This recipe makes 3 medium-sized thinner crust pizzas or two large thick crust pizzas.

You can flip the dough in the air like the pros, or use a rolling pin to get the dough into the pizza shape.

Rolling pin rolling out a piece of homemade pizza dough.

Step 8: Add homemade dough to a pizza pan

Next, add some cornmeal or semolina flour to yourΒ pizza pan. This will keep the pizza from sticking. Although it is not completely necessary. The pan I use is a nonstick pizza pan.

The cornmeal does help it to get that classic bottom of the crust that you get at restaurants. Stretch out the pizza dough as needed to fill up the pan, then pinch the edges up a little bit.

Man crimping the edges of rolled out homemade pizza dough in a pan.

Step 9: Add pizza toppings and bake!

Now you just need to add your favorite toppings to your homemade pizza dough. I like to start with some olive oil drizzled on the top. Then add a light covering of pizza sauce.

Next, the cheese, I use a pizza blend of mozzarella, provolone, and jack. Now the pepperoni! Then bake it in a preheated oven (500 degrees F) for 7 to 12 minutes, until the crust is a light golden brown color and the cheese is all melted. Enjoy!

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Freshly baked homemade pepperoni pizza in a pan on a table.

How long does homemade pizza dough last?

Homemade pizza dough will usually last up to 2 weeks in the fridge if stored in an airtight container, or in a ziplock bag, or covered in plastic wrap. You can also freeze wrapped dough for up to a month.

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Best Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza! Everyone loves a good pizza, well at least almost everyone. πŸ™‚ This dough is incredible, it tastes just like what you get at the restaurants! A friend of mine has been making pizza for over 25 years and he showed me this homemade recipe. It is my go-to recipe for pizza dough. Homemade pizza doesn't have to be hard, join with me as I show you how to make an amazing homemade pizza! Let's get baking!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Rising time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 57 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: basic, dough, homemade, pizzas
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 112kcal

Equipment

  • Pizza pan
  • Whisk
  • Bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Damp cloth
  • Plastic wrap
  • Dough proofer (optional)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of all purpose flour can use bread flour (512g)
  • 1 cup of semolina flour Usually found on same aisle as all purpose flour or online (167g)
  • 2 cups of water (500ml)
  • 2 tsp of salt (8g)
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil (30ml)
  • 2 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast or 1 packet instant yeast (9g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sugar (6g)
  • Cornmeal couple pinches for pizza pan

Pizza Toppings

  • Your favorite pizza sauce store bought or home made
  • Mozzarella cheese or pizza blend mozzarella, provolone, and Jack
  • Pepperoni and favorite toppings

Instructions

  • To start off let's proof the yeast. To do this, heat up your water in the microwave to about 105 to 115 degrees F (40 to 44 C). Then add the sugar and the yeast. Next use a whisk and mix it around a little bit. Now just set it aside for about 5 to 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy. The yeast is active and ready to go!
  • Now we just add your oil to the bowl with the yeast and stir it with a whisk.
  • Next combine our dry ingredients, by adding the semolina flour and the salt to the all purpose flour. The semolina flour will help make the dough chewier. Although you can substitute the semolina with all purpose flour if you like, it just won't be quite the same. But it will still be good.
  • Then just mix in the dry ingredients slowly with the yeast mixture, maybe about a 4th of it at a time. You can start with your whisk, then move to using a wooden spoon. After awhile it will get hard to use even the wooden spoon, and the dough will form.
  • After the dough forms pour out the dough onto your surface and knead the dough. Now continue adding your flour as you knead. Push down on the dough then out stretching the dough a little bit, then turn it a quarter turn, fold it toward you and push down with your palm, keep doing that for about 8 minutes. Add extra flour as needed, you will probably wind up with some left over.
  • Next let the dough rise. Put some olive oil in a large bowl, about half of a tablespoon or about two teaspoons, then using our fingers make sure to coat the inside of the bowl. Now add the dough and coat the dough with the oil in the bowl. Then place some plastic wrap and then a damp cloth on top. Place the bowl in a warm area or dough proofer and let it rise for and hour to an hour and a half.
  • Now preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Take the risen dough out and cut it into equal parts. This recipe makes 3 medium sized thinner crust pizzas or two large thick crust pizzas. You can flip the dough in the air like the pros, or use a rolling pin to get the dough into the pizza shape.
  • Add some cornmeal to yourΒ pizza pan. This will keep the pizza from sticking. Although it is not completely necessary. The cornmeal does help it to get that classic bottom of the crust that you get at restaurants. Stretch out the pizza dough as needed to fill up the pan, then pinch the edges up a little bit.
  • Next you just need to add your favorite toppings. I like to start with some olive oil drizzled on the top. Then add a light covering of pizza sauce. Then cheese, I use a pizza blend of mozzarella, provolone, and jack. Now the pepperoni! Then bake it in a preheated oven (500 degrees F) for 7 to 12 minutes, until the crust is a light golden brown color and the cheese is all melted. Enjoy!

Video

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Notes

Note – These nutritional facts only apply to the dough itself, per slice if you have 3 medium pizzas with 8 slices a piece. It does not count the sauce, cheese, and other toppings because those will vary greatly.Β 
homemade pizza dough nutritional facts

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54 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just happen to read the receipe of homemade pizza and I liked it. I am going to try to make it today. Later I will post my comments. Thank you Matt Taylor.

  2. Jessica Strapparava

    5 stars
    I spent every Saturday of the past 3 COVID months trying to master a pizza recipe. I somehow stumbled across this and finally had success! My husband is from Italy and says it’s the best homemade pizza he’s had. Our family is so happy to have found this! I’m on 3 weeks of perfect pizzas… so thank you! I use β€œ00” instead of all purpose with the semolina. I also use two large sheet pans, coat the bottom in olive oil and hand-stretch in the pan, let rise for another 30 minutes and par bake for 5 minutes before adding toppings.

  3. 5 stars
    Yikes! I thought semolina was a fancy name for cornmeal so I used cornmeal but I still got good results. I will make it with wheat flour next time. I posted a picture also. Thanks again!

    • Awesome, Christina! Yes, semolina is different than cornmeal. πŸ™‚ So glad you tried it. When you get a chance, try it with the semolina. I imagine you can find it at your local grocery store in the baking aisle. Usually along with the other specialty flours. πŸ™‚

  4. My oven can only go to 450 degrees. Do you think I could work?

  5. Mike David

    5 stars
    Hi Matt,

    I tried your pizza sauce and dough recipe and it was absolutely great! Thank you for posting the videos and recipes.

    – Mike David

  6. Nuzhat Furqan

    5 stars
    Hi I am from Pakistan and every time I bake the pizza with Ur dough recepie I simply love it…. Crispy and yummy… Detailed video …. Exact measurements…. And I love it when u say if I can do it then u can do it….. Thanks alot

  7. Alfred Owre

    Pizza is one of the best meals for everyone, getting the family together for create your own is always a good time, don’t be afraid to put your wildest combinations on a homemade crust and enjoy. my advise is go easy on the meats and go wild on veggies and cheese. Your crust and sauce are A#1

    • Thank you!! Yeah, pizza is awesome for the family. We like to make lots of dough and then give everyone their own little personal size pizza, then they can put whatever toppings they want on it.

  8. 5 stars
    The easiest way to make pizza dough for sure.

  9. Making my own dough for pizza is an amazing time as I get to bond with my daughter as we do it together. Plus it does taste better than those from a package.

  10. 5 stars
    I really liked your step by step guide of making pizza. It’s looking so delicious to eat.

  11. I love pizza! This looks like such a tasty dough recipe! Thanks for sharing, saved !

  12. Great post on homemade pizza. I would love to one day make my own pizza from scratch.

  13. This homemade pizza dough looks easier to make than any other homemade pizza dough recipe that I’ve tried. Going to give this a whirl next week!

  14. 5 stars
    I love home made dough! I have recently just learnt how to make this myself

  15. 5 stars
    That sounds like a great recipe for homemade pizza dough and it’s easy to follow too. I will definitely give this a try someday when I have time.

  16. sadly i cannot kneed bread anymore or etc because of my disability but pizza dough can be a fun experience w/ kids.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Yeah, I guess the only way would be if you had a stand mixer with a dough hook, which is pretty expensive. Definitely a fun activity with kids. I started kneading dough when I was a kid. haha πŸ™‚

  17. This pizza looks so good–an easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    Homemade pizza dough is the best! You did a really great job explaining all the steps – this is one of the best doughs I’ve ever had!

  19. 5 stars
    I love pizza! Great Homemade Pizza Dough recipe! I’ll use this on weekends.

  20. Melanie williams

    Ooo I do love a good homemade pizza. We have a pizza place here in the UK that we love and always visit xx

  21. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    homemade pizzas are the best and this dough rocks

  22. 5 stars
    Pizza dough can seem very intimidating. This is a great recipe with good, clear instructions. Delicious.

  23. 5 stars
    That dough looks great! I love making homemade pizza, so much better than store bought frozen!

  24. 5 stars
    I love making my own dough for pizza night. It always tastes so much better than the prepackaged crusts available at the store. This is a winner.

  25. 5 stars
    Hihi….funny how I love pizza but I have never made one of my own! This is all the guidance and inspiration I needed. I look forward to enjoying it.

  26. This looks like a great recipe! I love pizza, so making homemade pizza dough sounds great!

  27. Wonderful dough recipe. Tried making before but never had all the ingredients that was call for …..a fancy one maybe i should try your simple one .

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