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Homemade Pizza Dough

We have tried a lot of pizza dough recipes. For more than a year, we've eaten homemade pizza almost every week, usually on Sunday afternoon or evening. It's become our tradition. As we're lazing around, doing whatever it is we've decided to do, Joe makes a ball of pizza dough and then we all decide what to put on it. At first, we used a bread machine pizza dough recipe that came from either or The Complete Tightwad Gazette book. Unfortunately, we were never completely happy with that recipe. Not long ago, Joe went searching for a new pizza crust recipe, and he found one on He adjusted it, of course (because we never leave a recipe alone, ever). Our crust comes out perfectly now. It is puffy and light and crispy on the outside while still soft on the inside. Really, it's perfect.


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Homemade Pizza Dough
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar and yeast packet in warm water. Let stand for 15-20 minutes, until the mixture is frothy.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining sugar, flour, oil, salt, and yeast mixture. Stir well, until the dough is thoroughly combined and beginning to stiffen. We use the dough hook and our bigKitchenAid mixer for this step.
  3. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and allow it to rise for 30 minutes, until it has doubled in volume.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425.
  5. Dump the dough onto a well floured pizza stone or cookie sheet. Roll it into your preferred shape, and pre-bake it for 10 minutes at 425. This step is necessary to ensure that the crust is crispy in the center.
  6. After the crust has pre-baked, cover it with sauce, toppings, and cheese, and bake it for another 10 minutes at 425.
Recipe Notes

*If you're able to find rapid rise yeast, you can add it directly to the dry ingredients in step two, omitting step one all together. In that case, make sure your water is very hot, between 120-130 degrees, or whatever temperature is suggested on the yeast package.

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Our favorite pizza at the moment is Veggie Ranch Pizza, but we also really like BBQ Chicken Pizza.

This is my 1,000 post on Feels Like Home. Just thought I'd mention that since it's sort of a big deal. I started blogging on July 30, 2007, just eight weeks after Grace was born. I wrote a lot of things that aren't worth reading and a few things that might be. In February 2008, I rebranded the site, and the rest is… in the archives. I just thought I'd mention it, in case you haven't been here since the beginning.

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5 thoughts on “Homemade Pizza Dough”

  1. Congrats on hitting 1000 posts! It IS is BIG deal. You have truly inspired me, in so many ways! I love that we share the bond of our Graces’, being only weeks apart in age. I feel you are a kindred spirit and really do LOVE you!
    On a different note – this dough recipe sounds great! I really appreciate you following me over to the Well, this week and linking up. I am excited about this new collaboration. 🙂

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