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Homemade pizza part 1: Step-by-step instructions for making pizza dough

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Stuck inside because of the snow or dream of owning a pizza shop? Well, here's a fun do-it-yourself project that involves using your taste buds. In this two part step-by-step recipe series, you will learn how to make your own pizza dough and sauce, which is actually pretty simple and delicious.

Let's start with the base of making a homemade pizza: the dough. Bobby Flay has a pizza dough recipe that is highly rated, easy to prepare and versatile. This recipe includes six ingredients (which you probably already have) and will leave you satisfied every time.

Scroll through the series of pictures below to view the step-by-step instructions. Once you're done making the pizza dough, continue onto part 2 to learn how to make some tasty and homemade pizza sauce.

Enjoy!

Pizza dough ingredients
Pizza dough ingredients Julianna Polizze

Pizza dough ingredients

Step 1: Get all your ingredients out and ready.

  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

(each ingredient was doubled to make more dough)

Preparing the yeast
Preparing the yeast Julianna Polizze

Preparing the yeast

Step 2: This step is a little different from the Bobby Flay recipe. Instead of combining everything in the bowl of the stand mixer, add the dry yeast to 110 degrees F water. Then, add the sugar. You will see the yeast feed on the sugar creating a frothy top. This should take anywhere from 10-20 minutes. If the yeast doesn't foam, check the expiration date and water temperature.

PS: It's always best to use a thermometer to get the perfect temperature for your water!

Making dough in stand mixer
Making dough in stand mixer Julianna Polizze

Making dough in stand mixer

Step 3: Combine bread flour and salt in stand mixer bowl, and turn on mixer. Once the yeast is ready, add it to the mixer along with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Continue to mix until until the dough forms into a ball.

If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

PS: If you don't have a stand mixer, you can mix by hand.

Dough in bowl before it rises
Dough in bowl before it rises Julianna Polizze

Dough in bowl before it rises

Step 4: Once mixed, put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.

Dough in bowl after it rises
Dough in bowl after it rises Julianna Polizze

Dough in bowl after it rises

Step 5: Here is the dough once it has risen in the bowl. Take the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into two equal pieces.

Deflate dough
Deflate dough Julianna Polizze

Deflate dough

Step 6: Once the dough has risen, deflate it by lightly pushing it down around the sides. If it makes an indent, you know it is ready. 

Dough divided into equal pieces
Dough divided into equal pieces Julianna Polizze

Dough divided into equal pieces

Step 7: Once you divide the dough, you will be left with this. Since the recipe was doubled, there was enough dough to divide into three equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Pizza dough ready for toppings
Pizza dough ready for toppings Julianna Polizze

Pizza dough ready for toppings

Step 8: Once the dough has rested for 10 minutes, it's time to knead your dough out on your pizza pan. Then, you are ready for pizza sauce and toppings! 

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