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HomeMade Pizza Dough Recipe

Why Homemade Pizza Dough?

Well, because why not…Right? I could easily SUPPORT LOCAL and order a fantastic pizza off of a great menu from Docs Pizza!

However, sometimes you want to challenge yourself or just simply make something that you can take pride in. Hopefully the owners of Doc’s don’t slam my recipe…LOL.

Wood-Fired HomeMade Pizza Dough

I’m making this pizza on my Big Green Egg using the deflector and a pizza stone. I LOVE wood-fired pizza. The addition of the smokey flavor from the all natural lump charcoal that I use takes this pizza to a whole new level. Now, don’t worry if you don’t have this equipment. You can easily make this in the oven and it will come out fantastically.

The bottom is perfectly crunchy and supports the weight of the toppings nicely. The outer crust is thick and somewhat chewy but is so full of flavor from the Italian seasonings it’s a must eat crust. I like to dip mine into a Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Essential Cookware

First of all, a pizza stone is a must. There’s a couple important things to know before going out and purchasing one though and I learned that the hard way. Not all Pizza Stones are made equal.

The original pizza stone that I used for this recipe was:

A). “For Oven Use Only” and

B). “Withstands Temperatures up to 425° F.”

AKA: OOPS! My bad! When I pulled the Stone off the grill after cooling and realized I now had two halves of a pizza stone. So, its super important to read all about your pizza stone before making a purchase. This can be a daunting task though. Because just by doing a quick little search for Pizza stone on Amazon or Google you will see them priced anywhere from $20 – $150. So which is the best to choose? I am going to show you in just a second.

The second essential item is a Pizza Peel. This allows you to easily slide the pizza on or ‘peel’ it off the pizza stone. There was another issue with this. My father in law ordered me one of these and the images on amazon were a bit deceiving. When it arrived, it looked as if it were wood fired personal pan pizzas. If we go to all this work for a wood fired pizza it sure as hell isn’t going to be personal pan nothin! So again, it’s important to know what you’re getting.

HERE’S THE SOLUTION!

I bought this 3 piece pizza grilling pack by Cuisinart. It came with the Pizza Stone, Pizza Peel, and Pizza Cutter for under $40 total directly from the manufacturer.

I ordered this after the fiasco I explained above. It is working perfectly! The Pizza peel is huge and heavy duty. The Pizza stone is made for the grill and withstands up to 800°F. The perfect set for making homemade wood-fired pizza!

ANYWAY! The pizza is awesome! Sooo…

LET’S GET IT STARTED!

Pizza Dough Mix in Bowl

First, mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Correction to picture. DO NOT ADD YEAST TO DRY MIX.

In a separate Bowl, Stand Mixer, or Food Processor with Dough Hook, place the yeast and water. Remember, water must be between 105° and 110°F. Allow the yeast to bloom for about 10 minutes.

Pizza Dough Rising

Now pour your dry ingredients into the water/yeast mixture and mix using your hands or dough hook attachment.

Once you have reached a firm and smooth consistency transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for one hour. The dough is ready to form into a crust when pressed in the middle and the indention stays. If it springs back your dough is not done rising.

Pizza Dough Rolled

Once done rising, punch the dough ball down to release air pockets, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, roll into a circle, and fold the edges over to create an outer crust.

Using a fork, poke holes all over the homemade pizza crust so it doesn’t bubble up.

Photo Correction: DO NOT USE PARCHMENT PAPER.

Lightly sprinkle cornmeal on a tray, cutting board, etc. then form your crust there.

Wood fired Pizza on Big Green Egg

Lastly, Heat the grill/smoker or oven to 500°F with the pizza stone already in place. Top the pizza with your favorite pizza toppings. Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the crust is plump and golden brown.

HomeMade Pizza Dough Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Chicken Fried Kitchen Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: Italian, AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

1

hour 

30

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

266

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

50

minutes

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe seasoned with Italian Herbs and Wood-Fired to perfection!

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 Cups warm water 105°-110°F

  • 3-1/2 Cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour

  • 2-1/4 Tsp Instant Dry Yeast

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Sugar

  • 3/4 Tsp Kosher Salt

  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder

  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Rosemary

  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder

  • Olive Oil

Directions

  • Preheat Grill/Smoker/Oven to 500°F with the pizza stone inside.
  • Combine Flour, Salt, Sugar, and Seasonings in one bowl.
  • In a separate bowl combine yeast and warm water allowing yeast to bloom for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the water/yeast mixture and combine by hand or mix using a stand mixer.
  • Transfer dough ball to a well oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for one hour.
  • Remove Dough ball and knead for about 5 minutes or until firm and strong.
  • Using floured hands or a rolling pin roll the dough out into a flat circle and curl edges to create an outer crust.
  • Add your favorite toppings.
  • Place on the preheated pizza stone and cook for 15-20 minutes or until desired crust color and texture has been reached.
  • Remove, Slice, and Serve!
  • Optional:
  • Just before placing the pizza on the stone, brush the outer crust with butter or olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and garlic powder.

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If you would rather not go to the trouble of making the dough, try this recipe for homemade pizza using Naan Bread instead.

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