May 22, 2021
Pizza is my favorite food on earth, so I have a pretty high standard for pizza dough. My ultimate favorite is Pizza Napoletana, which I haven’t attempted to make at home yet. It’s my special treat when I’m in Italy. It’s nearly impossible to get the same results without access to fresh, local Italian ingredients and a wood-burning stove.
Chef’s Step’s “life-changing pizza dough” from Joe Heffernan is the best homemade pizza dough that I’ve ever made. It’s light, airy, and foldable. However, it takes over 24 hours to make.
I stumbled upon this quick pizza dough thanks to my cousin via her Scottish boyfriend. The original recipe is from Sainsbury’s (a British grocery store). It was so quick and easy to make and has great flavor, so I decided to convert the recipe to US measurements so that I didn’t have to make conversions every time.
This is considered a low hydration pizza dough. It is a bit easier to handle, but also denser with fewer air bubbles But if you want pizza in a pinch, and want to make dough from scratch that is much healthier than delivery, then this is your dough!
The Best Homemade Pizza Dough in Less than 30 Minutes
- Pizza stone (or baking sheet)
- mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
For the pizza dough
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 3/4 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp honey or sugar
- 1 cup plus 1 TBSP warm water
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- semolina flour or cornmeal
For the pizza sauce
- 1 can tomato sauce
- salt to taste
- red pepper flakes
- 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- mozzarella cheese
- any other desired toppings
- Preheat the overn to 500F.
Prepare the dough
- Whisk together the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (flour, yeast, sea salt).
- Mix together the liquid ingredients (water, honey, and olive oil).
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture.
- Mix ingredients together and then knead for a few minutes until a smooth dough forms.
- Let the dough rest under a bowl for 20 minutes.
Shape the pizzas
- Cut the dough in half with a sharp non-serrated knife or pastry cutter and form them into balls. Leave one ball under the bowl.
- Sprinkle some semolina flour or cornmeal over a cutting board or pizza peel.
- Press the dough down in a circle shape with your fingertips, and then stretch the dough with your hands in a circular motion (see video).
- Spread sauce over pizza and top with mozzarella cheese and any other desired toppings.
- Allow the pizza to rest another 10-15 minutes.
Bake the pizza
- Bake the pizza for approximately 10 minutes and enjoy!