The Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

I am fairly confident in the kitchen. If I’m making you dinner, or dessert, or some random snack – I won’t always promise that you’ll love it, but most of the time, I am confident enough that you’ll at least enjoy it.

The funny thing is, though – especially because I’m a food blogger – I will often worry when someone else is actually making my recipes. I know – it doesn’t make much sense, does it? But when I’m talking to someone and they say “I’m making your…” or “I made your ____ for dinner last night” my first instinct is to hold my breath and cross my fingers.

2 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, sugar and yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes until frothy. Add in the vegetable oil.
In a bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Add the flour to the yeast mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well between additions. Continue adding the flour until the dough can be pulled away from the sides of the bowl with a spatula, but the dough will still be quite sticky. You may need to add in a little bit more or less flour, but the key is to remember that the dough will still be sticky and will stick to your fingers when you try to pull it apart.
Grease a large bowl, then scrape the dough into the bowl. Turn the dough to coat it in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and a let the dough rise at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Pull the dough around to the bottom, stretching it to create a smooth ball. Cut the dough into 3 equal portions. Each ball will be approximately 1 pound of dough.
Roll out the dough to use in your favorite pizza recipe, or refrigerate until needed. (I have refrigerated it for several hours, up to overnight, but the dough will continue to rise, even in the refrigerator, so I try to use it before 24 hours.
To bake, preheat a pizza stone in the oven as hot as you can go for at least 30 minutes. (I usually go between 475ºF and 500ºF.)
Prepare your pizza with your desired toppings and bake until the crust is golden, 8-10 minutes.

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