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Homemade Easy KitchenAid Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

This KitchenAid pizza dough is so easy to make and tastes fantastic! 

This pizza dough isn’t labor-intensive, but it does take a while to rise, trust me, it’s worth the time! 

You will have pizzeria quality crust at home. So say good buy to frozen pizza! 

Make your pizza at home and save some money.

Fridays = Pizza Night

My kids love pizza. What kid doesn’t? 
We’ve had pizza night home on most Fridays for many years now.

Reasons to Make KitchenAid Pizza Dough at Home

  • Homemade pizza dough saves money.  You won’t be dependent on your local pizza parlor or tasteless frozen pizzas.
  • You control the toppings.  I don’t care for bell peppers, so I make the bell pepper pieces big so I can easily pick them off.  😀  I don’t care for super meaty pizzas, but my husband can’t get enough meat.  The solution for us is separate pizzas, so everyone gets what they want.
  • Homemade pizza isn’t as greasy unless you want greasy pizza!  You are in control here. Make it your way!
  • Use up ingredients you already have on hand.  Making pizza is a great way to clean out the frig.  Use up the little leftovers you have on hand.  Do you have extra spinach and bell pepper in your frig?  Add them to your pizza?  Extra taco meat?  No problem, make Tostada Pizza.

Ingredients for Eazy Pizza Dough

You probably already have most of the ingredients to make the best pizza dough recipe at home. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Flour
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Olive oil
Active-Dry-Yeast

I buy active dry yeast at Costco.  I bought this two-pound bag for about $4 or so. 

Active dried yeast should always be stored in the refrigerator (it’ll last longer).

How to Make KitchenAid Pizza Dough

I make this recipe in my KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Pizza-Dough-Yeast-Activating

Activate the Yeast

Add warm water to active dry yeast and sugar in the mixer bowl.  The water should be warm and NOT hot.

Give the yeast combo a little stir. Make sure the yeast is in the liquid and set it aside for about 10 minutes. 

The yeast should now look like the picture above.

Now it’s time to add flour (I use unbleached) and salt.

Pizza Dough Kitchenaid Mixer

Lock the Kitchenaid mixer down (that lever on the right side of the machine) and use your dough hook, mix until all the flour is mixed in, and then one minute more. 
Your dough should like something similar to the photo above.
Now it’s time to coat the dough with olive oil. 
Drizzle some olive oil on the pizza dough ball, flip it over and drizzle a little more.  You want the whole dough ball coated with a very light coat of olive oil.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and set it aside for about an hour, or until the dough has risen and is almost level with the sizes of the KitchenAid mixer bowl. 
The dough should be placed in a warm, draft-free area that’s not too cold.

Homemade Pizza Dough Rising

My Confession:  The first time made this recipe, I was in a big hurry and thought I could speed up the yeast doing its thing by placing the kitchen aid bowl in a warm oven and letting the dough rise up there. 
I don’t recommend doing this at all. 
The results of trying to speed things up in the warm oven just weren’t worth it. Instead, take the time to let the dough rise on its own.
After an hour, the dough should look something like above, minus where I touched it with my finger.

Hand Kneed The Pizza Dough

Now it’s time to hand knead the dough. 
On your clean kitchen counter or cutting board, sprinkle a little flour. 
Take the dough out of the mixer bowl and hand-kneed it for about five minutes. 
If the dough sticks, add a little more flour.  Form into a ball, drizzle with olive oil on all sizes.
Cover and let rise again.  When the dough has risen again, it should look similar to below.

Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

Here’s an unbaked linguica, bacon, onion, bell pepper pizza that’s ready to go into the hot oven. 
This pizza used half the dough from the recipe below. 

Assembling Your Homemade Pizza

I layer my pizzas like this: 

  • PAM – spray pan
  • dough
  • pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • cooked meat toppings (linguica, bacon, or whatever you want)
  • vegetables (onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, etc)
  • a little more cheese to lock everything down.
Uncooked Pizza
 
Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Easy Pizza Dough

Shelly
This is an easy homemade pizza dough recipe.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Entrees
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 -3 pizzas

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packs active dry yeast or five teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • In the KitchenAid mixer bowl, combine active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water.
  • Set aside until the yeast starts to bubble (about 10 minutes).
  • Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture. With the dough hook and the KitchenAid on lock (so the hook doesn't try and jump up) mix until the dough is smooth and is pulling away from the bowl.
  • Lightly drizzle the pizza dough ball with olive oil (get all sides).
  • Cover the bowl and let rise for about one hour, or until the dough is doubled.
  • On a floured surface, hand kneed the dough for five minutes.
  • Place back in the bowl and drizzle with olive oil again. Cover and let rise again until the dough is about the same size as after the first rising.
  • Punch the dough down, divide it into two (or three), and roll out on a pizza pan sprayed with PAM.
Homemade Pizza Dough

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