This Rustic Homemade Pizza Dough has been our go-to pizza dough recipe for years. It’s great for everything from pizza to calzones to garlic knots!
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love pizza. In fact, pizza night has become a tradition in our house on the weekends. Over time, we’ve ordered pizza from national chains and local pizzerias. We’ve tried most of the national bake at home pizzas. And for the most part, we’re always satisfied.
But then, about a year ago, we decided to master the perfect homemade pizza dough. We tested the dough, changed a bit, tested it again, changed a bit more. But now I think we have created a foolproof homemade dough that is delicious every time we make it. This recipe is incredibly easy! It doesn’t take all that much work to make it…perhaps 20 minutes total time. But that time is spread out over a couple hours, so don’t attempt this unless you will be home for a bit. I might suggest that these cold wintery Saturday afternoons are perfect pizza dough making times!
For this pizza, we went with the classic pepperoni, but we did add some onions and dried jalapeno flakes that we found in the market recently…definitely a new favorite for us! What are your favorite toppings?
Rustic Homemade Pizza Dough
- 4 3/8 cups bread flour divided
- 1 1/2 cups warm water divided
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- Favorite pizza toppings!
- The night before, mix 1 cup bread flour, 1/4 cup warm water, and tiny pinch of yeast. Mix until combined, and cover bowl tightly. This can be easily mixed by hand.
- The next afternoon (~3 hours before you want to eat), combine remaining bread flour, salt, yeast, and warm water in a mixer with the dough hook attached. Mix on low-medium speed for approximately 3-4 minutes. Once ingredients begin to come together, add the dough mixture from the previous night.
- On medium speed, add olive oil and continue mixing dough for another 3-4 minutes. (Note: If dough does not seem to incorporate olive oil, you can add 1 tablespoon additional flour directly to the mixing bowl.)
- Cover tightly and let rest in warm place for 1 hour.
- Sprinkle countertop with flour and place dough onto counter. Fold dough several times. (If dough is sticky, sprinkle small amount of flour on top.)
- Cover tightly and let rest in warm place for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 460. (If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven before preheating.)
- Remove dough and lightly fold on countertop again. Let dough rest (covered) for about 10-15 minutes.
- Shape dough into round (or square) pizza and top with favorite ingredients. (We also mix some herbs with olive oil and then brush this on the crust before baking.)
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until done. (Note: The hotter the pizza stone, the better the pizza crust will taste. I place my stone directly on the lowest rack of my oven.)