Quick and Easy Pizza Dough
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/3 cup warm water (110-120°F)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- pizza sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine 3 cups flour, instant yeast, salt, and sugar. Stir to combine. Add the warm water and olive oil, and mix on medium low speed until the dough begins to come together. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
Continue adding the remaining 1/2 cup of flour, a little bit at a time, until a ball of dough forms that is soft to the touch but not overly sticky (it may be just a little bit tacky). Knead in the mixer (or by hand) for 5 minutes.
Form dough into a ball, and place in mixing bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size. This only takes about 20-30 minutes for me (see my dough rising trick below**).
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two pizza pans and dust with cornmeal. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Lightly dust your work surface with flour, and roll each dough piece into a 12-14″ circle. Place on prepared pizza pans. Top with desired sauce and toppings. Bake pizzas one at a time for 14-16 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.
Yield: 2- 12 inch pizzas Recipe Source: adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
*one packet of instant yeast (which is 2 1/4 tsp) works just fine in this recipe too.
**To make dough rise more efficiently set your oven to preheat to 350°F. Set a timer for 90 seconds. When the timer goes off, turn your oven OFF (it will not have reached 350°F, and this is okay). Turn on the oven light if you have one, and place the dough in a covered bowl in the oven. The oven will be warm enough to help the dough rise more quickly but it will not bake.