Living in China, there are many western dishes that are almost impossible or crazy expensive to make. Pizza dough; however, is not so complicated if you are making a basic pizza or calzone. (mind you, cheese is not cheap in China but most other ingredients should be easy to acquire).
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough – No electric mixer or fancy pizza dough hook needed here! Mix everything in one bowl, let rise for an hour, knead 1-2 times, and that’s it! Makes 1 large pizza, cut in half for 2 medium pizzas, or quarter it for individual pizzas.
I went from being terrified of yeast, to getting my feet wet with the Cheese Zombies, to completely obsessed with pizza dough.
Paul bought me a baking steel and these fun dice for my birthday last month >> which, btw, was clearly just as much a present for him, as it was for me!
I don’t think, however, he knew how much pizza he was about to eat from now until eternity. Or until I get fixated on something else.
After many articles and recipes, I fell in love with this basic dough. I’ve been going through a batch a week. But the beauty is, it’s so incredibly easy to make!
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil , plus more for bowl and drizzling
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
Pour the water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, oil, and salt. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms.
Lightly brush another large bowl with a little olive oil. Place dough inside and drizzle a little oil over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead 1 or 2 times, forming into a round. Let rest for about 10 more minutes.
Use or store as is for 1 large pizza, or divide into 4 equal portions for individual pizzas.
1. If the yeast doesn’t foam, it isn’t good anymore.
2. In the winter time, I like to place the bowl of dough on a heating pad to aid in the rising time.
3. Dough will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 2 months.
4. To freeze, allow the dough to completely finish rising, cover in plastic wrap and then place in a resealable freezer bag. (Divide in half or in quarters before freezing.)
5. Suggestion on cooking: preheat oven to 450 degrees F for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour. Place dough on some lightly floured parchment paper; starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough to 1/2-inch thick round. You can pinch the very edges if you want to form a lip. Transfer parchment with the flattened dough to a peel or baking sheet. Brush with a little olive oil, then your sauce and toppings (do not load up each pizza with a ton of toppings as the crust won’t end up crispy that way.) Slide the pizza, along with the parchment, off of the peel and onto the baking stone in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, then sprinkle a little more cheese and bake for another 2 minutes until melted.
This is the pizza steel I use (affil)