We make a lot of pizzas in our house. In fact, we make them so often that we have had the opportunity to totally refine our dough making process since the last time we posted a recipe. When we received a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas in 2010, we started comparing our old stand-by recipe with the food processor versus one with a stand mixer.
The results of the experimenting led to a new winner – the stand mixer. While the food processor method works well too (and kneading by hand is also an option!), we get great and consistent results every time with the mixer. Using the mixer, and a single rise, the dough almost melts into shape when you stretch it. Also, you can adjust the dough while it is mixing – a little flour here, a bit of water there – which helps make it a very reliable method.
Pizza is the most common meal that we serve to guests. It’s easy to make, pleases everyone, and is quite healthy if made at home (and you’d be surprised at the number of sworn carnivores who don’t even notice that a delicious homemade pizza is meat-free).
If you’re up for the challenge, below is the recipe to go along with our instructional Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Video!
- 450 grams (3 cups) flour
- 2 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
- ½ tablespoon (1 glug) olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon (2 pinches) kosher salt
- 1⅓ cups warm water
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine all of your ingredients. Leave out just a little bit of the water.
- Using the dough hook from your mixer, stir until a loose dough forms. If a dough doesn’t form, add the rest of the water. If the dough is extremely wet and sticky, and a pinch of flour.
- Attach the dough hook to your mixer and start on a low speed. Gradually increase the speed to medium until a ball forms. This should take about 30 seconds. If the dough does not release from the sides of the bowl, add a pinch of flour. If the dough is very dry and flour-y, add a small amount of water.
- Once the dough forms into a ball, allow the mixer to knead for 8 minutes at medium-high.
- After the kneading is finished, divide the dough in half. Using floured hands, gently shape each dough into a boule. Set on a floured surface and dab with a little bit of olive oil to keep them moist. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- To stretch the dough, pick up the risen dough and gently shape into a circle. Do not over-work or fold the dough. Drape the dough over both of your knuckles and rotate it around, allowing gravity to stretch it into a circle. If the dough starts to resist stretching, put it down and allow it to rest for a few minutes, at which point it will stretch more easily.
- Sprinkle a little bit of cornmeal onto a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet. Place the stretched dough onto the peel and quickly add toppings. Cook at 500° for 5-7 minutes until browned. Enjoy!