This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough is made with 5 ingredients and comes together in one bowl without a mixer! I love this recipe because it does not require you to plan ahead. From start to finish you can be eating pizza in less than hour!
The original recipe comes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and I stumbled upon it because I was looking for a recipe that did not need 2 hours to allocate 2 hours to rise. Normally we are out and about and come home around 5 and my children would be disappointed that there was not enough time to make pizza. They actually enjoy homemade pizza more than ordering and love to create their own personalized pizzas.
How & Why I Make this an Easy Meal
This can all be done in less than hour which makes it a great dinner to make when you haven’t planned anything or with leftovers. If we don’t have leftovers that I planned on or not enough this is a great last minute option. I keep dry yeast stocked in my pantry and I buy shredded mozzarella once a week. I try to keep small containers of sauce in the freezer. If we don’t have sauce we make white pizza or in a pinch I have made a small amount with tomato paste, water, salt and garlic powder (similar to this).
This produces a dough that is easy to roll out and thin which is how we like it. This is how it looks before the rise. This is how it will look after it rises.
You can check out my video here, but I think it is best to use your hands to spread this out. You can also use a rolling pin. If you use a rolling pin put flour on the pin and a little on the dough before you start.
I set out a piece of parchment paper to work on. My children like to make their own so I give them each their own piece of parchment. I then bake the pizza right on the parchment they worked on.
We are making our pizza right now to limit our take out and thought it may be helpful if you are too! Even if you are still ordering who doesn’t want pizza twice in a week (one ordered one homemade). This is a great way to make dinner fun and get everyone involved in making it!
Happy Friday! We have made it through another week at home – Hope you are all hanging in ❤️
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil + extra for parchment paper
- 1 packet instant yeast 1 tbsp
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour *see step 3 Gluten Free: 1 3/4 cups + 1 -2 tbsp of an All Purpose 1-1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. See notes.
- Preheat oven to 450
- In a large bowl mix the water, sweetener of choice, oil, yeast and salt. Let stand for 5 minutes for yeast to activate.
- After the yeast has activated, add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (you may need a little extra). The exact flour amount will vary so go by the touch and feel of the dough versus the exact cup measurements in the recipe. The dough should be soft and smooth (when you knead it).
- Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes.
- Let the dough rest, covered, for 20-30 minutes (can leave longer up to 2 hours).
- Set out a piece of parchment paper to work on (my children like to make their own so I give them each their own piece to work on and then I bake it right on there).
- Brush the parchment paper with 1 tbsp of olive oil (use 1 tsp if making smaller individual pizzas).
- Place the dough in the middle and spread out using your hands (it will likely want to contract back this is normal). Cover the dough and let rest for an additional 10 minutes. While the dough is resting we organize the rest of our ingredients and materials.
- After it has rested again you can spread the dough out on your parchment paper / sheet pan. It should spread very easily.
- Optional: Prick the dough with a fork to let out the air bubbles and create a nice light crust.
- Spread with sauce (or brush with olive oil if you do not like sauce and add your favorite cheese & toppings!
- Bake on a preheated pizza stone or on a parchment lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.
- Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.