Pizza dough is so simple and easy to make, it’s not worth the effort and money it takes to buy it from the stores! If you have a bread maker, it’s a simple matter of throwing 6 basic ingredients, pressing the dough button option, and then enjoying when it’s ready.
I recently bought a bread maker and have been exploring so many recipes—I use it 3-4 times a week! So far I have used it to make basic sandwich bread, brioche buns, dinner rolls, French bread loafs, and now pizza dough.
Bread makers simplify the process of making bread where it is no longer daunting or time consuming. Simply place the ingredients into the bread maker and it will mix it, knead it, proof it, and even bake it! Many bread makers have different options, such as just kneading or just making the dough; levels of toastiness; and even yogurt making options!
To make pizza dough in a bread maker, add water, olive oil, salt, sugar, flour, and yeast. The only thing to be aware of is layering the ingredients in the proper order. Wet ingredients go on the bottom, then flour, and then the yeast is all the way on top—it should not touch the water.
After that, just press the dough button and let it do all the work!
Pizza Dough Without a Bread Maker
To make this pizza dough without a bread maker, start by blooming the yeast. This just means to add the yeast to very warm water, about 110°F. Let it sit for ten minutes and make sure it blooms—it will look foamy. Then add all the ingredients besides flour and mix together.
After that add the flour and knead—either by hand or in a stand mixer. Knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough is soft and smooth.
Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Store in a warm place for an hour or until it doubles in size.
The dough is now ready to use!
Assembling the Pizza
Once the dough is done, stretch it out by hand onto a pizza stone or any baking tray. I like to spread over a garlic butter—just melted salted butter, minced garlic, and parsley. Then top it with mozzarella cheese and beef pepperoni. After that, just bake at 475° for 12-15 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly. Then, just slice and enjoy!
This pizza dough recipe makes either one large thick crust pizza or two medium thin crust pizzas.
Makes 1 large thick crust or 2 medium thin crust
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 3 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp yeast
1. Place all ingredients into the bread maker in the order listed
2. Choose the “dough option” and let the bread maker do all the work
3. Once the dough is ready, stretch out by hand onto a baking tray, top with desired pizza toppings, and bake at 475°F for 12-15 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly