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How To Make Homemade Pizza

A classic homemade pizza recipe, including pizza dough and toppings, step-by-step instructions and illustrations! Here’s how to make homemade pizza for everyone!

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We’ve patched together the following method from Tasty, Joy of Cooking and The Best Recipe. We hope you enjoy it!

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Pizza dough is a yeasted dough which requires active dry yeast. Make sure to check the expiration date on the yeast package! Yeast that is too old may be dead and won’t work. You can use all-purpose flour instead of the bread flour that we intend to use in this recipe.

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Flour Note: Bread flour is higher in gluten than all-purpose flour and will make a crispier crust for your pizza.

Another important point to consider dear chefs!

Cup measurements can vary, depending on how you are scooping the flour (we fluff the flour, lightly scoop it, and level with a knife). So, we recommend using a kitchen scale to measure out how much the flour amounts by weight. This is the only way you’ll get a consistently accurate measurement.

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Let’s get right to it!

Ingredients | How To Make Homemade Pizza

Pizza Dough: This procedure makes enough dough for two 10-12-inch pizzas.

  • 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) warm water (105°F-115°F)
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast
  • 3 3/4 cups (490 g) bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (omit if cooking pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Ingredients

For 16 servings (2 Pizzas, 16 slices):

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  • 2 ½ cups warm water (600 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour (875 g), plus more for dusting
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup semolina flour (30 g)

Optional Toppings

Tomato Sauce

  • 795 grams canned or whole tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Margherita

  • tomato sauce
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
  • fresh basil leaf

Tasty’s Bianca

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
  • ricotta cheese
  • fresh basil pesto
  • dried oregano

Pepperoni

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  • tomato sauce
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
  • spicy pepperoni slice
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese

 

Method | How To Make Homemade Pizza

“Bloom” the yeast by sprinkling sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes, until bubbles form on the surface.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and add the olive oil and bloomed yeast mixture. Using a spoon, mix until a shaggy dough begins to form.

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Once the flour is mostly hydrated, turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth, and bouncy. Form the dough into a taut round.

Grease a clean, large bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside, turning to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours. The Longer the better!

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Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for another minute or so, then cut into 4 equal portions and shape into rounds.

Lightly flour the dough, then cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for another 30 minutes to an hour while you prepare the sauce and any other ingredients.

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 Setup Your Oven

Preheat the oven as high as your oven will allow, between 450-500˚F (230-260˚C). Place a pizza stone, heavy baking sheet (turn upside down), or cast-iron skillet in the oven.

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce: Add the salt to the can of tomatoes and puree with an immersion blender, or transfer to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.

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Once the dough has rested, take a portion and start by poking the surface with your fingertips, until bubbles form and do not deflate.

Then, stretch and press the dough into a thin round. Make it thinner than you think it should be, as it will slightly shrink and puff up during baking.

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Sprinkle semolina onto an upside-down baking sheet and place the stretched crust onto it. Add the sauce and ingredients of your choice.

Slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.

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Finally, add any garnish of your preference.

  • Nutrition Calories: 1691
  • Fat: 65 grams
  • Carbs: 211 grams
  • Fiber: 12 grams
  • Sugars: 60 grams
  • Protein: 65 grams

Enjoy!

Well, there you have it guys! This was all about how to make homemade pizza in your kitchen. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment in the section provided below.

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Good luck with the food prep!

Written by Ahsan Gardezi

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