Best Pizza Dough, the perfect easy Pizza Dough Recipe you will ever make. Authentic Italian Pizza made delicious.
In your house what day is pizza day? For my family it is either Friday or Saturday. I like pizza day because dinner comes together really quick and really quick means I’m happy and pizza day means everyone else is happy.
So we all win and especially with this fabulous Best Pizza Dough.In Italy it is so easy to get a good pizza dough, I would stop at my local bakery (forno) and pick up a pound or two of dough, but when I tasted a pizza made with this specific dough.
I thought no matter how good the bakery dough was, it was now a thing of the past for me. That pizza made me determined to make my own pizza dough.
With so many ways to make pizza, RED or WHITE or even veggie, this is the best Pizza dough to use.We were invited to lunch at my friend’s Aunt and she made this fabulous pizza, and of course, it was served as an appetizer and not the main dish.
So many main dishes were served that day that I lost count after a while. So I asked my friend’s aunt for her recipe, Italians are wonderful about that.
I believe for an Italian it is probably one of the best compliments to be asked for a recipe, so ask I do and often. If I am lucky enough once in a while they might even come over and give me a cooking lesson in my own kitchen, nothing better than that!
The only thing is most of the time these recipes are from dishes that are made so often (which makes them the best of all I must say) that they don’t measure anything, it is all “oh a little bit of this or a handful of that” which makes it all so much more interesting and creative.
Needless to say this pizza dough was one of those recipes that was passed down for I can’t tell you how many years. But trust me it is a delicious, amazing pizza dough.
Make it thin crust or thick crust whatever suits you, then you can top it with any fresh ingredients you desire.
With this recipe I made 2 large pizzas and 1 small, which I made into a calzone. One of the pizzas I made was an all veggie one, with fresh, halved, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, peppers and olives and of course topped with grated mozzarella.
So good. Thank goodness it’s almost Saturday! So however you like your pizza, thick crust, thin crust, double cheese, veggie or pepperoni I hope you try it with this pizza dough. Buon Appetito!
Best Pizza Dough
- 2 cups warm water 472 grams
- pinch sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dry yeast 12 grams
- 2 tablespoons olive oil 26 grams
- 5 cups and 4 tablespoons flour 671 grams
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt 25.5 grams
In a large bowl add warm water then add yeast and sugar, let sit for 2-3 minutes, then stir to combine. Add the olive oil, flour and salt, with a fork mix till dough starts to come together. On a lightly floured surface remove dough from the bowl and knead until dough is smooth and elastic approximately 10 minutes (if dough is really sticky add a little extra flour). Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a folded up tablecloth (tea towels are too small), leave in a warm draft- free place till doubled in bulk, approximately 1-2 hours.**
Pre heat oven to 450° (250° celsius). Punch dough down a few times and divide into pizza pans, without rolling it out, let it sit for 10 minutes, then roll. Top with your favourite toppings (without the cheese), bake for approximately 15-20 minutes (till crust is golden) and then top with grated mozzarella cheese and bake for three more minutes or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!
**At this point, dough can also be refrigerated, place in plastic bag, remove air and tie securley up to 24 hours.