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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

Use this pizza recipe as a guide. This dough is light and chewy. After the dough rises get creative with your toppings or follow my guide for a simple cheese pizza.
Course pizza
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword pizza, pizza dough
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 (10-inch) pizzas

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading and shaping the dough
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for oiling the bowl
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

For the cheese pizza:

  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 (10-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Plus any other desired pizza toppings

Instructions

For the dough:

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1 cup lukewarm water and let stand for about 10 minutes. Make sure that the water is lukewarm, not hot so that it does not kill the yeast.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, olive oil, salt, sugar, and yeast mixture. Stir until combined then knead dough on a clean and lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
  • When ready to make the pizzas, punch down the dough. Top with desired pizza toppings or as directed below.

For the cheese pizza:

  • If you are making the pizza on the grill or in the oven you will get the best results using a pizza stone. Preheat the grill or oven to 500°F with the pizza stone in the oven or on the grill.
  • Divide the pizza dough into 2 even pieces. Turn one of the thirds out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it out into a pizza crust shape. Dust cornmeal on a pizza peel* then carefully move the pizza crust onto the peel.
  • Spread about ¼ cup of crushed tomatoes evenly on the dough. If you like your pizza with extra sauce, feel free to add a little more. Tear up ¼ cup of basil leaves and sprinkle over the dough.
  • Evenly sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over dough. Brush the exposed crust with olive oil, then use the pizza peel to slide the pizza onto the pizza stone.
  • Cook until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling, about 10 minutes. Remove and repeat with the remaining dough.