Despite my best efforts, pizza is a huge part of mine and Tucker’s diets. When we first started dating, we would spend an obscene amount of money on frozen and take out pizza. Since moving in together and sharing a shopping list, I refuse to spend $10 on two frozen pizzas. It’s not cost effective by any stretch of the imagination and I’m not willing to pay that much for mediocre pizza I could just make myself. I scourged the Internet looking for simple pizza dough recipes, hoping I would find a cost effective alternative. Today, I’m sharing with you the five-ingredient pizza dough recipe that has us saved a bucket load of cash.
Simply put, this recipe requires measuring everything out and then dumping it into a bowl. Once I add the flour to the bowl (I typically use bread flour, but have used all-purpose and enjoyed tasty pizza), I make a little cavity in the center for the yeast. I once read it in an article about making the best pizza dough and have done it ever since. Then, I layer everything on in the order I want the yeast to “eat” it starting with sugar and ending with salt.
The lovely picture you see above is after all of the mixing and kneading. I like to start my kneading process inside of the mixing bowl to keep all of the dough shreds contained. Once a ball has formed, I lightly flour my countertop and continue to knead until the dough gets smooth-ish, like in the above picture.
Make sure you have a second mixing bowl handy because that is where you will place the ball of dough to rise.
3 cups bread flour (plus a little extra for kneading)
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
9 oz. warm water
- Measure the flour into a large mixing bowl and create a cavity in the center.
- Add in the yeast, sugar, olive oil, salt and warm water into the flour.
- Stir with a spoon to incorporate the ingredients. As the dough begins to thicken, use your hands to begin the kneading process.
- As the dough begins to form into a ball, dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Continue to knead until the surface of the dough becomes smooth.
- Spread the inside of another mixing bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in it. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place it in a warm location to rise. (I typically let the dough rise while the oven preheats.)
For Making a Pizza From Dough
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch the air out of the dough. (Keep punching the dough until it stops making deflating noises.)
- Separate the dough into two equal portions.
- Roll out one half of the dough into a circle (or rectangle if you’re using a cookie sheet) and place it onto a greased pizza stone or cookie sheet.
- Slather on your favorite pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and toppings.
- Slice the pizza into the oven for 10-12 minutes and voila!