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Best Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe

I love bread dough.  Like a lot.  I remember growing up, my mom would make whole wheat bread and I loved the dough so much that I would be sick from eating the dough before the bread was even done.  Plus, then you get yeast burps.  Ew – probably TMI.  But we are all friends here right?  So now that I am grown and very mature (wink) when I make bread of any form I really restrain myself from eating the dough.  I usually just have one ‘taste’.  Well, this pizza crust is no exception to my love of dough.  It is delicious.  And easy.

Another of my loves is pizza.  I used to be impartial to what kind of pizza I liked, but now I am definitely more particular.  I am definitely anti-meat on pizza.  I’ve never liked it.   Call me crazy, but my favorite pizza topping is pineapple.  It is like the ying and yang.  Tangy tomato sauce, combined with salty cheese and then sweet pineapple.  Heaven.  Pure heaven.  And that is the thing about pizza.  Everyone loves something different.  When you make pizza at home, you can add your own toppings to your little hearts desire.  And speaking of hearts, since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, we made heart pizza.  They were really pretty cute.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe

First get your yeast going -it should look like this after about 10 minutes.  Nice and bubbly.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

Mix your oil, salt, flour in with the yeast mixture.  I let mine knead with a dough hook in my kitchen aid for about 5 minutes.  If you don’t have a mixer, knead your dough on your counter with a little flour until the dough isn’t sticky.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

Place it in an oiled bowl and cover.  Put it in a warm place to let it rise.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

It should rise for about an hour or until double in size.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

Punch it down and set it on your pizza stone or pizza pan.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

If you are just making one pizza, you can roll your dough out right on your pan.  We wanted to make shapes using our heart-shaped cookie cutter and so we rolled ours out on the counter.  Roll your dough very thin.  It will puff up a lot and so if you don’t want a 4 inch crust, then roll it thin!

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

Place on a stone or pan and bake at 425 for 10 minutes (just the dough).  Then put your toppings on and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust has started to brown.

Best Homemade Pizza Crust. Easiest and most delicious homemade pizza crust.

I let my girls choose what topping they wanted on their pizza hearts and everyone was happy!  They each ate their entire pizza heart because they got to help make it!

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Best Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon – yeast, active dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon – brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup – water
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 2 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 1 2/3 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1 2/3 cup – flour, whole wheat
Directions
  1. Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in salt, oil and flour. Knead dough on floured surface just until not sticky. Put in greased bowl and let rise till double (1 hour)
  3. Punch dough down, let sit on pizza pan for a few minutes. Then roll out. Let sit again for 10 minutes
  4. Roll out on pizza pan. Cook at 425 for about 10 minutes. Add desired toppings and return to oven for 10-15 minutes (bottom rack ideal- or close to bottom)

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34 Comments

You can freeze the dough, but it takes some experimenting to get it just right in my opinion! Let us know if you try it!!

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Lisa fryer

Hi I love this idea for my kids. What are the measurements in g please I’m uk and I don’t use cup measure. Think I may invest in some soon though :0)

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Eliana

I make this dough at least once a week. Mostly for pizza but it’s so versatile. Love this recipe. Pinned. Thank you!

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Nicole

Hi. Can’t wait to try this. A few questions:
I only have whole wheat flour. Any way I could use just whole wheat? If so, how much?

Also. If I make this and place in air tight containers…how long will it last in fridge? 2 to 3 days?

Would you recommend freezing final product? Or better if eating that day only?

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Yes you can use all whole wheat flour. We only keep in in the fridge from 1-2 days at the max. I would only store or freeze after the entire pizzas are made. Then, they freeze very well!

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Eliana

I make two large crusts every week with this incredible recipe. I guess we like it thinner.

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I’ll definitely show this to my wife. We are trying to get our kids to eat healthier. The problem is that they absolutely hate anything that isn’t junk food. However, if we can figure out a way to disguise the food as junk food, they just might go for it!

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Oh my goodness, those heart cut outs are the cutest idea! I’m totally going to try that, I think my kids would get a kick out of it. I’m like you, I love bread dough. I feel like if you can make decent bread dough, you’ll never be in a pinch; you’ll always have something simple and great to cook! Thanks for the recipe.

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sats

made pizza crust for the first time and it was just
delicious. Thanks for all your yummy recipes.

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Jaskirat

hi can you explain 21/4 yeast? you mean 2 spoons measuring 1/4each ? I am little confused. Thank you

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Jane

Does the brown sugar make this sweeter than usual pizza dough? I’ve only ever seen white granulated sugar in pizza dough recipes before. White granulated sugar doesn’t make the dough overly sweet..so I’m assuming this doesn’t either. Just looking for you opinion on the matter 🙂

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Natalie Monson

I don’t think it makes it any sweeter. You could use either kind and probably wouldn’t notice a huge difference.

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