This homemade pizza dough is as good as any upscale restaurant pizza. Once you learn how easy it is to make restaurant-style pizza at home, you'll never order take-out again! No matter what your favorite pizza toppings are you're going to love this pizza crust. This pizza dough is easy and has fantastic flavor and fantastic chew.
Add all of the ingredients, except for the oil, to your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
Begin mixing on low until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
Turn up the mixer and beat until the pizza dough comes together in a smooth ball.
Add the olive oil and continue to beat for an additional 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces (each should weigh about 326 grams)
Place the pizza dough balls into a greased container or a greased freezer bag and refrigerate, at least overnight. (up to 72 hours) This dough can also be frozen.
The day you are ready to make pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking and allow it to come to room temperature. (For timing: It's better to have your dough on the cool side rather than on the warm side. The cooler your dough is the more it will bubble in the oven)
Place a pizza stone in your oven on the lowest rack. Preheat the oven to 550℉. It is best to heat the pizza stone for at least an hour. (Ideally begin to preheat your pizza stone before you pull the pizza dough out of the oven)
Spread each dough ball out to approximately 12 to 14 inches, depending on how thick you would like your pizza crust.
Preparing the pizza dough for the oven Prefloured peel: Generously flour a pizza peel and spread the pizza dough out onto it. Coarse cornmeal: Generously sprinkle coarse cornmeal onto your pizza peel and spread the pizza dough onto it. Parchment paper: Cover your pizza peel with parchment paper and spread the pizza dough onto it.
Top the pizza dough with your favorite sauce, cheese, and other toppings.
Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone. If you're using the parchment paper slide the paper and the pizza onto the pizza stone.
Bake for 4 to 8 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.
Pizza Toppings List
Pepperoni. Red sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella.
Supreme Pizza Toppings. Red sauce, sausage, pepperoni, ham, onions, olives, mushrooms, and mozzarella.
Meat Lover's Pizza Toppings. Red sauce, sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, bacon, and mozzarella.
Hawaiian Pizza Toppings. Red sauce, Canadian bacon, bacon, pineapple, jalapeños (optional), and mozzarella.
Veggie Pizza Toppings. Red sauce, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts.
Margherita Pizza Topping. Red sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil.
Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza Toppings. Red sauce, mozzarella. After baking add prosciutto, arugula, and olive oil.
Caramelized Onion and Potato. Olive oil or truffle oil on the crust. Thinly sliced parboiled yukon gold potatoes, caramelized onions, and mozzarella.
Quatro Formaggio (Four Cheese). Red sauce, gorgonzola, mozzarella, parmesan-reggiano, and pecorino. You can use any four kinds of cheeses and make it your own.
Temperature: Bring up the heat! Pizza should be cooked in a hot oven 550℉ if possible. Preheat the oven for at least 1 hour before baking.
Placement in the oven: Place the pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.