Learning how to make pizza dough can be a life changing event. Let’s be honest, pizza is amazing—it’s one of the few foods that nearly everyone enjoys. A good pizza dough is the not only the foundation of a good pizza, but it can also be used for a number of other delicious recipes.
Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That
Like all bread recipes, this recipe takes some time. Not everyone has two hours to spend waiting for a pizza. (Although, sometimes waiting for delivery feels that long!) Sure, you could buy dough from a grocery store. It’ll save you time. But have you ever read the ingredients? Does your mouth really water at the sound of “dough conditioner?” Mine doesn’t.
Rest assured, you can enjoy the same convenience of pre-prepared pizza dough without the mysterious ingredients and at a fraction of the cost. If you are looking for the convenience of pre-prepared dough, you can easily make this recipe in advance. Just wait until the dough rises before packing it up.
Save It For Later
Lightly coat the pizza dough in olive oil then stick it in a freezer bag. Get all of the excess air out of the bag before sealing it. Store your pizza dough in your refrigerator for up to 2 days or freezer for up to 3 months. If you know you’re going to want smaller portions of dough, divide it up before storing.
To use the dough later, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator (if frozen) and then set it out on your counter for at least an hour. Letting it sit out will warm up the dough by bringing it slowly up to room temperature. This will make it much easier to work with.
- 1 cup water at 110 Degrees
- 1 packet yeast
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil plus a little extra
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- Mix water, honey, and olive oil in a bowl. Make sure the liquid is between 105℉ and 110℉ before lightly sprinkling the yeast on top.
- Wait 5 minutes until the yeast has bloomed and is frothy.
- Add 1 1/2 cups flour as well as the salt to the yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly. Keep adding flour in 1/4 cup increments until dough is smooth but still a little tacky.
- Knead for 3-5 minutes.
- Form the dough into a ball, coat with a light layer of olive oil, and set into a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and seal with a rubber band.
- Let the pizza dough rise until it has doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
- Right before you're ready to use it, knead it 1 or 2 more times and then it's ready to be stretched and used in your favorite recipes.
Preparing Pizza Dough In A Tiny Kitchen
Most of the time in this recipe is spent inactively waiting for the yeast to do its job. Mixing up dough from scratch is going to take about 15 minutes, but you will then need to wait at least an hour while it rises. Giving your pizza dough the proper time to double in size will make all the difference in it’s texture so do not skip (or skimp) on this step. I highly recommend prepping other elements of your recipe while you wait. This could include making a sauce, chopping vegetables, or shredding cheese.
You will need some counter space to knead the dough properly. This tiny kitchen gets by with a little over a square foot of counter space, so you don’t need much. It does need to be clean. Be sure to wash your countertop thoroughly before you begin. Afterwards, clean up only requires washing a medium bowl, some measuring cups, a spoon, your countertop, and your hands.