I’m becoming a pro at homemade pizzas. At least, my family thinks so. The other day I was talking to my husband about ordering pizza and my daughters asked if I could make it instead. They are so sweet!
I don’t always have the time to make it, but when I do I always use this super easy pizza crust recipe that is so simple, it’s almost fool-proof.
I think the main reason my daughters like me to make it at home is because they want to help. Emma, my 4-yr-old, can practically make it by herself, she has done it so many times.
Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe
A secret trick I use to help the dough rise fast, is to preheat the oven to 170 degrees. After I knead it, I put it in a greased metal bowl covered with tinfoil, turn off the oven, and let it rise in the oven for about 30 minutes. This cuts the rising time in half.
Just make sure you remove the dough before preheating your oven to cook the pizza. I made that mistake and got a loaf of bread instead. Oops!
I love this recipe because it makes 2 large thick crust or 3 medium thin crust pizzas and it is great for calzones. It’s really versatile.
- 2¾ cup unbleached flour (plus ¼ cup more for kneading)
- 2¼ tsp quick rise yeast or 1 yeast packet
- 1 tsp sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tbs Herbs de Provence (or ¼ tsp more salt and 1 tbs of your favorite herbs to taste)
- 1¼ cup hot water (about 110- 115 degrees)
- 2 tbs olive oil
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Measure flour into a mixing bowl or stand mixer. Add yeast, sugar, salt, pepper and herbs.
- Prepare your hot water and get your olive oil measured out. With the bread hook attachment, turn the stand mixer on low and add the water and then the olive oil while the mixer is stirring.
- Mix for 2 minutes or until the dough comes together around the bread hook. If mixing by hand, add the water and olive oil to the flour and stir until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Let the dough sit for 10 minutes and then turn it out on a generously floured surface and knead, adding flour until you get a smooth dough. The dough should not be sticky.
- Place in a greased oven-safe bowl and cover with tinfoil. Turn off the oven and let the dough rise for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Remove from oven.
- Preheat the oven and your pizza stone or baking sheet to 425 degrees. Meanwhile, separate the dough into 2 parts for thicker crust or 3 parts for thin crust. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to your desired thickness.
- Place the crust on your preheated stone or pan and add your desired toppings. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the pizza are dark golden brown.
Some of our favorite toppings are bacon, baby spinach, Canadian bacon, sausage, bell peppers, zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes, but mostly bacon. It makes everything taste amazing right!?
Don’t forget to season your pizza crust with salt and pepper before you put the toppings on to enhance all the flavors!
What do you like on your pizza?