Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pizza Dough Recipe

As promised from my cost analysis the other day on homemade pizza, here is my pizza dough recipe I use for my crusts.
This makes two nice sized large pizzas. We now just use two cookie sheets. We like the deep dish way it comes out. I always sprinkle a little cornmeal on the pans before we put the dough in.
We eat around five so I start my dough around 3:00 or 3:30 for rising. I use a Kitchen Aid mixer so it does the kneading for my otherwise you will need to knead it yourself.

making pizza at home, yeast pizza dough

This is a doubled recipe so cut in half for a single pizza.

Elaine's Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 large pizzas

  • 2 tbl. yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbl. olive oil (you can use canola or veg. oil too)
  • 2 tsp salt (I use 1 1/2 to cut the sodium a bit)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 5 cups flour

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water, stir and let sit for 5 minutes. I do this right in the mixing bowl. After add the oil, salt and sugar and stir well. Start adding the flour a cup at a time and then knead well. I let the mixer run for about 4-5 minutes on low with the dough hook. When it is done (and it will be nice and sticky) grease a large bowl, plop the dough in and turn to coat with the oil in the bowl, cover with a slightly damp clean cloth and let sit to rise. About and hour is all it needs. Once the dough rises, punch it down.
Now you are ready to roll out the dough just make sure you flour the board. I use a rolling pin to roll it out.
We also use this recipe to make calzones.


  1. When's dinner/supper? I like sweet tea please.

  2. Sounds easy enough. I'll try it.


  3. Elaine, this recipe does look easy. :D

    Thanks for posting!


  4. Oh thank you for sharing this! We don't usually eat a lot of pizza for health reasons but every once in a while my husband likes one. The other night he went an bought a pizza and I almost fell over when he told me it cost 14 dollars for one pie!..I think I will make this dough and freeze some. Next time he wants pizza he can make his own! Thank you again so much!

  5. Thanks for sharing your recipe Elaine. I will have to make it when my kids are home.

  6. Oh, you know I love your recipes! This will be great and I will cut in half as it's just moi! LOL!
    What do you top yours with? Or is it always different? I want to start making it regularly for Friday night and then leftovers Saturday and then I cook a nice dinner on Sunday that usually gets me through the rest of the week. My budget just took a major hit with Nitty having to go on Science Diet food...that stuff's like a car payment! So, back to the budget drawing board and more frugality! This pizza will help! Thanks!

  7. So, I don't have a kitchen aid mixer (yet!) and as you say, that means I need to knead it by hand. Do I just knead it when your recipe says to have it in the mixer with the dough hook? (Might be a stupid question, but I want to make sure I have it right :)

  8. I can't wait to make this pizza dough thanks Elaine!

  9. Since I just got a new Kitchenaid, I'll be trying your recipe...Thanks!

  10. Oooh, I can't wait to try this out. I don't have a mixer, so I just knead by hand. I actually like it though. Kind of a good stress relief!

    Funny you mention calzones - I actually made calzones last night for the first time. They were yummy!

  11. YUM! Thanks for sharing yours. I will have to try it.

  12. Made your pizza today! Come by and take a look!

  13. I have been looking for a recipe for pizza and this sounds quick and easy. I will be trying this. Thanks so much!

  14. Elaine, I'm jumping over from your post today 10.2.13 but I am so going to start making these, I spend way too much money on frozen varities of pizza for my 14-y-o boy-man who must be 3/4 Italian (or 100% Romanian :)