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Homemade Pizza Dough

This homemade pizza dough is fool-proof and turns out better than the restaurants!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Author Sunup to Sundown

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp honey or sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 3 cups bread flour

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, preferably a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and the mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking.

  2. Pour in the salt, oil, and half of the flour and mix.

  3. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want; slightly tacky, but when you touch it, it doesn't stick to your hands.

  4. Once you reach this stage, turn the mixer on 2 (stand mixer) or medium speed and knead for 6 minutes. Turn on the timer and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes. This seems to be the magical amount of time for your dough to come out perfect.

  5. The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be clean.

  6. Lightly grease the bowl and dough so it doesn't dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours.

  7. That's it! Now you can make any kind of pizza or even bread sticks with this dough.