Quick to prep, easy to roll out, and a delicious pizza once baked - this pizza dough checks all the boxes!
Friday September 11, 2020
All you need is water, yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil, and of course flour. Let's talk about flour for pizza dough; we like to use 00 pizza flour. If you're in Canada you can get this at any Loblaw store that sells PC products; you'll want to look for PC Black label 00 Pizza flour. The difference between all purpose and 00 flour is 00 flour is ground extra fine which helps make the pizza crust a bit chewier. If you only have all-purpose flour on-hand it will also work just fine in this recipe but I encourage you to try it with the 00 flour! The dough recipe is enough to make 2 thick crust 12" pizzas, or if you prefer a thinner crust then you could divide the dough into 3. Depending on the season; we cook our pizza either on a barbecue stone or in the oven. The pizza pictured was done on the stone outside since it's still nice weather but I will include directions for both ways! When I cook inside I use a cookie sheet and get a "tray of pizza". We love to make lots pizza and freeze the leftovers for a quick dinner or lunch - they heat up really well if you reheat in the oven.
Fast forward several years, several disasters, several burnt pizzas, and several stuck-to-the-pan pizzas and I finally am confident enough to share everything I've learned about making the perfect homemade pizza. Everyone has their own opinion on what toppings make the perfect pizza, but one thing we can all agree on is it all starts with a great crust. And getting the perfect pizza crust is actually easier than you think! This dough is a dream; it rolls out so nice and easy so you don't spend time fighting with the dough, it doesn't stick to the pan, and it is less than 10 minutes of prep time!
I've been making pizza for a very, very long time and I consider myself somewhat of a pizza expert. It was tradition in my family to gather at my grandparent's house and make pizza every Christmas Eve. My Grandpa would always let the kids help - and later we would be rewarded with fresh-out-the-oven pizza. We must have made dozens of pizzas before the night was through! My love for pizza continued and throughout high school, I used to host "pizza making parties" and my group of friends would come over to roll dough and make pizza together. Even throughout university I made pizza, but since I was on my own it wasn't usually a classic pizza. I experimented with things like zucchini-crust pizza, cauliflower-crust pizza, and I even sometimes took the easy route and made pizza on a tortilla!
To make the dough:
Cooking pizza on a barbecue stone:
Cooking pizza in the oven:
Hi I’m Natalie. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter and our cat. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed discovering new recipes and sharing food with loved ones. When I’m not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me crocheting, reading, or crafting.
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