Make-Ahead Homemade Pizza Dough

Make-Ahead Homemade Pizza Dough – the BEST tasting homemade pizza dough recipe! Super easy to make and easy to roll out. Only 5 ingredients – flour, salt, olive oil, yeast, and water. Make the dough at least 24 hours in advance and will it keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days. We make this at least once a week! It is our go-to weeknight pizza!

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Pizza is my all-time favorite food. I could eat it every single day and never get tired of it. I love the ease of delivery pizza, but I definitely prefer homemade pizza. This Make-Ahead Pizza Dough is one of my favorite homemade dough recipes. It is super easy to make and tastes great! The best part is that you can make it 3 or 4 days before you bake it. I like to whip up a batch on Sunday night for an easy weeknight meal later in the week!

How to Make Homeade Pizza

This pizza crust is very easy to make and super easy to work with. Unlike some doughs, this dough is very easy to roll out! To make the dough, combine flour, instant yeast, salt, olive oil, and warm water in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until it forms a dough. Place the dough in an oiled bowl or ziplock bag and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.

To make the pizza, sprinkle your work surface with a little cornmeal. Press the dough out into a circle and place it on the pizza pan. Top the dough with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite toppings. Place the pizza in a preheated oven on the middle rack and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Garnish the pizza with fresh basil or oregano and cut it into slices.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • It’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.
  • You can shape the dough into any shapeyou prefer – circle, square, oblong.
    • You can roll the dough out on parchment paper if you prefer.
  • Can substitute active dry yeast. Add yeast to warm water and let proof until it bubbles before adding the remaining ingredients.
  • If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can make the dough in a large bowl and stir with a wooden spoon by hand.
  • This recipe will make one 14-inch thin crust pizza. You can cut the dough in half and make two personal pizzas if you prefer.
  • Feel free to double the recipe if you want to make two pizzas.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Pizza Saucehttps://www.plainchicken.com/easy-homemade-pizza-sauce/
  • Can pizza dough be frozen? Yes! You can freeze it immediately after baking or after it has been in the refrigerator 24 hours. The dough can be frozen for up to three months and just needs to be thawed in the fridge overnight before you use it.
  • You can use any pizza toppings that you enjoy. Onions, sausage, pepperoni, bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, olives, ham, pineapple – anything goes!
  • For the pizza cheese, we usually use a combination of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Any combination of cheese you enjoy will work fine.

What to Serve with Pizza

This pizza has been on repeat at our house. We think this recipe makes the best pizza! I make this almost every week. We usually serve the baked pizza with a salad and some breadsticks. It is also delicious with pasta salad! So skip the pizzeria, and whip this easy homemade pizza for your next pizza night!

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Make-Ahead Homemade Pizza Dough

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Make-Ahead Homemade Pizza Dough – the BEST tasting homemade pizza dough recipe! Super easy to make and easy to roll out. Flour, salt, olive oil, yeast, and water. Make the dough at least 24 hours in advance and will it keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days. We make this at least once a week! It is our go-to weeknight pizza!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp instant yeast
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup very warm water

Instructions:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, yeast, and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in water and mix until just combined.
  • Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake.
  • T make the pizza, preheat the oven to 500ºF.
  • Shape the dough into a circle and top with sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Notes:

  • It’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.
  • You can shape the dough into any shape you prefer – circle, square, oblong.
  • This recipe will make one 14-inch thin crust pizza. You can cut the dough in half and make two personal pizzas if you prefer.
  • Feel free to double the recipe if you want to make two pizzas.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Pizza Sauce: https://www.plainchicken.com/easy-homemade-pizza-sauce/
  • Can pizza dough be frozen? Yes! You can freeze it immediately after baking or after it has been in the refrigerator 24 hours. The dough can be frozen for up to three months and just needs to be thawed in the fridge overnight before you use it.

Steph

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  1. I am excited to try this pizza dough recipe! Do you just use warm tap water?I feel like I get my water too warm or not warm enough. Love your recipes and have got my daughter and daughter-in-law hooked on them too!!

    1. Yes – I just turned the faucet on and let the water get hot. It worked perfectly.
      I’m thrilled you are enjoying the recipes! Thanks for sharing the site with your family.

    1. Make it however you wish. I had success with the method I shared. I can not say how it works if you change it.

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