Homemade Pizza Dough

This recipe is in the cookbook that came with my KitchenAid mixer that I adore. My mom gave it to me when I got married :) I’ve made this pizza dough multiple times and love doubling it and freezing a ball of dough for later. It is soft, bready, and delicious.

1 package active dry yeast

1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)

1/2 t. salt

2 t. olive oil

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixer bowl. (I just run hot water over the bowl in the sink) Add salt, olive oil, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Attach bowl and dough hook to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix for about 1 minute.

Continuing on speed 2 , add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl, about 2 minutes. Knead on speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.

Brush pizza pan with oil and spread dough across bottom of pan, forming a collar around the edge to hold toppings. Puncture dough with a fork to keep air bubbles from forming. Add toppings as desired…the combinations are endless! Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 min. and enjoy :)

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