Let’s be honest, I’m only writing this awesome homemade pizza dough recipe so that I can justify making and eating a ton of delicious deep dish cast iron pizzas.
Sometimes you need to make sacrifices for the better good and I am willing to be the one that jumps on that grenade!
But you’re not here to read anything more than you need to and I know that—you are here to learn how to make delicious homemade pizza dough.
So let’s get to it already!
This pizza dough recipe will be the best thing your tongue has ever had the privilege of touching. That I guarantee!
While these ingredients are not necessary to make a crisp and delicious pizza crust, they do pack a flavorful punch. If you have them I highly recommend adding them while mixing your dough!
So, now that we have all the goodies we need to craft this amazing pizza dough, how do we make it?
Our first step is to proof our yeast and make sure that it is still active and alive.
Yeast is a living organism and if expired or not taken care of properly, it may not have enough life left in it to make our crust rise.
There is nothing worse than a hard and dense crust.
To proof add 1 cup of lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast. gently stir with a fork and leave to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
After sitting, your yeast should begin to get bubbly — as seen in the picture below. If your yeast doesn't activate, I would suggest trying this process again. If it fails once more your yeast may be expired or has gone bad, at which point I wouldn't continue as your crust might not rise.
Alright, now we need to mix together all of our ingredients and make our dough.
Gently mix them in your 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and any of the optional ingredients such as basil, Italian seasoning, and black pepper to your bowl.
Next by hand or using a mixer begin to add 3 cups of flour and mix it in well.
Gradually continued to add flour until the dough begins to firm up into an elastic ball.
Now pile a little flour on a large cutting board and transfer your dough over. Knead your pizza dough and continue adding small amounts of flour until it becomes manageable in your hands without being overly sticky.
To test if it is just right, poke it with your finger and the dough should slowly bounce back.
So now we have to let the dough rise. In another large mixing bowl spread a light layer of olive oil around the inside. Give your pizza dough a good dusting of flour and place it inside.
Next, rub a little bit of oil on the top of your dough and either cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.
Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for about an hour.
It should expand to about 2 to 3 times bigger – as you can see in the picture below.
Once your dough as risen its time to take it out and shape it
First, preheat your oven to 475 degrees F and lightly grease a pizza pan, or a cast iron skillet for a deep dish and delicious pizza.
Dust a large cutting board or any hard surface with a little bit of flour and transfer over your dough. Knead it 3 or 4 times to release some of the trapped air.
If you want to make a thinner crust pizza, divide your crust into two pieces. However, if you want to make a thicker crust consider using all of the dough.
Next, using your hands or a rolling pin begin to flatten your dough into a disc. Then transfer it over to your pizza pan or cast iron skillet.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Note, you can also use olive oil as an alternative to butter.
With a pastry brush, begin to rubdown the surface of your pizza paying special attention to the edges.
This rub will give your pizza crust that garlicky-buttery and breadstick like texture and taste. It will also prevent your toppings from seeping into your crust and making it soggy.
Next add your sauce, all your favorite toppings, and put it in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes.
You'll know it is done when the top has a golden brown crisp to it.
Remove from the oven and let it sit for a little bit before cutting and serving – unless you like lava hot sauce!