We've all been known to pop a frozen pizza in the oven — hey, dinner time is rough! But the next time you have a few extra minutes (that is, the next time you can make a few extra minutes), we highly recommend DIYing your dough.
It's not as intimidating as you might think. Fabio Viviani (host of our new show, Pizza Revolution ) knows the secret to mixing up the dough in just a few minutes. Then you let it sit (and sit down yourself?) for a few hours, shape it, top it, bake it, and eat it!
Perfect pizza dough recipe
What you'll need:
- 1½ cups (360 ml) warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 packet yeast (¼ ounce/7 g or approximately 2¼ teaspoons)
- 4 cups (480 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil, plus more for brushing
Make the dough
- Combine the water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix very briefly. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
- Add flour and salt and mix thoroughly until smooth.
- Transfer dough to a floured baking sheet, dust lightly with flour and cover with a damp cloth to rise until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Punch down the dough and divide into portions (many small portions for individual pizzas, or just two large portions if you want to make large pizzas). Roll each portion into a ball, place back on the floured sheet and allow to rise again until almost doubled (about an hour).
Bake the pizza
- Preheat the oven to 550 F (290 C/gas 10)., or your oven's highest temperature if it does not reach 550 F.
- Shape and flatten the dough, top as desired and bake until golden, 10-12 minutes.