Fresh pizza dough is an important component of making a good pizza. We never use those pre-baked crusts in a bag at the super market. Usually when making pizza we used Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough, but it has become increasingly more uncomfortable to make additional trips to the supermarket due to the covid-19 pandemic. We’ve been making our own dough far more often, and working on perfecting a quick and easy recipe. Not only is this as good as the store bought dough, but it saves a ton of money in the long term to make your own dough.
Some pizza dough recipes can be very time consuming, and end with so-so results after all that time and effort. We’ve created a quick and easy recipe that won’t take you any longer than running out to the supermarket to buy dough.
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough
This recipe makes one large pizza crust. To make two large pizza crusts double all ingredients with the exception of the yeast and sugar.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp vegan sugar
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- To make your own dough you’ll want to start by measuring out one cup of warm water. The water should be between 105-110 degrees fahrenheit. If it’s too cool the yeast won’t bloom, and if it’s too warm it will kill the yeast. If you don’t trust yourself to measure the temperature feel free to use a thermometer.
- Add the water to a large mixing bowl, and then combine 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp active yeast by gently stirring.
- Cover the mixing bowl with a hand towel to retain heat, and allow the yeast to bloom for about five minutes.
- Once the yeast has become frothy, gently stir in the 1 ½ tbsp olive oil.
- Add in the salt, and slowly add flour a little bit at a time, gently folding it into the wet ingredients. If the dough is still too wet add more flour. The dough should be slightly sticky, but easy to form into a ball.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface, grease the mixing bowl with oil or cooking spray, and then return the dough to the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with the towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm area for at least a half hour, or until it has doubled in size.
- After this step you can either use the dough immediately, or save it for later. Place the dough ball in a greased container and freeze, or refrigerate, depending on when you plan to use it. If you’ve chosen to use the dough immediately remove dough once it has doubled, and transfer back to a floured surface
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Knead the dough, and roll it out with a floured rolling pin. Grease a pizza tray, and stretch the dough onto it.
- Gently poke the dough with a fork, being sure not to poke the whole way through.
- Place the dough in the oven to pre-bake for five minutes, and then remove.
- Add desired toppings and bake for an additional 20 minutes.