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Homemade Pizza Crust

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Homemade Pizza Crust is an easy pizza dough that is perfect for beginners. It creates a soft, seasoned, and the foundation for the best homemade pizza the whole family is sure to love.

overhead view homemade pizza in cast-iron skillet with red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, napkin, and pizza cutter

I love homemade pizza!

This really isnโ€™t a secret, but I think it stems from my childhood in that my dad was not a fan of pizza and so growing up we rarely had it for dinner. Doesnโ€™t that sound about right though? Poor little LaKita was deprived of pizza growing up and so as an adult, pizza is what she wants to indulge in weekly.

But seriously even though I know my way around a good pizza, using active yeast to make homemade dough was so scary to me. It also seemed like way too much work when I could just go to the store and purchase pizza dough from the bakery and it was pretty much homemade.

I would find myself looking at homemade pizza recipes and as soon as I saw the words yeast and rise I was stepping away from that recipe with a quickness. All of that changed when a friend showed me how easy it really is to make homemade pizza crust and I have to admit that I cannot believe that I let one little packet of active yeast intimidate me for so long.

What ingredients for a pizza crust recipe?

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Active dry yeast
  3. Warm water
  4. Salt
  5. Sugar
  6. Olive oil
  7. Italian seasoning

How to make Easy Pizza Dough:

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, pour in the flour, salt, and active dry yeast packet. Turn the mixer on low speed to combine the dry ingredients.dry ingredients for homemade pizza crust in stand mixer bowl

In a separate bowl, stir together the warm water and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.

pyrex pitcher with water and small bowl with sugar for homemade pizza crust

Slowly pour into the bowl with the flour mixture. Add in the olive oil and Italian seasoning. Continue to mix everything together on low speed. Continue to combine the mixture until the dough begins to come together to stick onto itself and form a loose dough ball.

homemade pizza crust in stand mixer bowl

Place the dough on a clean lightly floured surface. With floured hands, knead the dough until it forms a smooth dough ball that springs back when pressed with the finger.

overhead view of homemade pizza crust on counter with napkin

Place the pizza dough into a bowl that is lightly greased with olive oil.

overhead view homemade pizza crust in mixer bowl to rise for an hour

Cover loosely with a towel, place in a warm area, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch round or as thick as you prefer. Press the dough on a lightly greased 12-inch pizza pan or cast-iron skillet. Spread on top of the pizza dough some pizza sauce and your favorite toppings.

uncooked pizza in cast-iron skillet next to a stripped napkin

Place into the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the center of the crust has been fully cooked. Remove pizza from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes before cooking. Serve warm.

close up side view of homemade pizza that has been sliced in cast-iron skillet

Homemade Pizza Crust

Homemade Pizza Crust is an easy pizza dough that is perfect for beginners. It creates a soft, seasoned, and the foundation for the best homemade pizza the whole family is sure to love.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza crust
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 180kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, pour in the flour, salt, and active dry yeast packet.
  • Turn the mixer on low speed to combine the dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the warm water and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Slowly pour into the bowl with the flour mixture.
  • Add in the olive oil and Italian seasoning. Continue to mix everything together on low speed.
  • Continue to combine the mixture until the dough begins to come together to stick onto itself and form a loose dough ball.
  • Place the dough on a clean lightly floured surface. With floured hands, knead the dough until it forms a smooth dough ball that springs back when pressed with the finger.
  • Place the pizza dough into a bowl that is lightly greased with olive oil. Cover loosely with a towel, place in a warm area, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch round or as thick as you prefer. Press the dough on a lightly greased 12-inch pizza pan or cast-iron skillet.
  • Spread on top of the pizza dough some pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Place into the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the center of the crust has been fully cooked.
  • Remove pizza from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes before cooking. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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two slices of homemade pizza on white plate with napkin

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Akaleistar
    January 21, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Homemade pizza is the best, and the crust looks so good!

    • Reply
      admin
      January 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM

      Thank you…Homemade really is the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Tamara
    January 22, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Oh wow – no pizza for your dad! I think homemade is the best.
    Your photos are luscious. I’d totally eat that.

    • Reply
      admin
      January 22, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      Thank you! I know…isn’t that terrible. He will eat it now, but only from pizza hut and it has to be meat lovers ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    Monica
    January 23, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    I love this! And you chose minimal cheese + greens. Fairly healthy = my fave! Pinning this for later reference. Thank you! <3

    • Reply
      admin
      January 23, 2016 at 2:44 PM

      Thank you so much! Yes I tried to keep it fairly healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

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