Fluffy & Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe

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This pizza’s fluffy interior and crusty exterior is what makes me come back to this pizza dough recipe. I can’t remember a time this dough recipe didn’t turn out when making pizza. It’s super quick to prepare and bakes away to fluffiness! 

I have a lot of pizza dough recipes that I enjoy but this one is easy, fluffy and slightly crusty on the outside, which is what I like in pizza when making. I’m assuming the baking powder contributes to the texture of the crust because when I make pizza dough without it, my pizza can get fluffy all around creating more of a bread like texture than a classic crusty and fluffy slice of pizza. I must say that a pizza stone helps to achieve that kind of crust as well. But the good news is you can create a pizza stone right at home. I used two old cookie sheets that I placed upside down on the lower half of my oven. I then preheat the oven with them in it, creating a hot surface for the prepared pizza. This baking technique creates a nicely browned crust. I hope this may become your staple pizza dough recipe as this is my current go to recipe for pizza.

pizza top

pizza crust

pizza edge

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Ingredients for the DOUGH:

pizza dough ingredients

1.) Add all the dry ingredients into the bread machine pan; add the oil and then pour the warm water over. Set cycle to dough settings and allow the bread machine to do it’s thing. (My cycle was 1 hour and 30 minutes.)

NOTE: You will not detect the parmesan cheese or the garlic powder in the pizza dough but feel free to omit.

DIRECTIONS FOR STAND MIXER:

  • Dissolve the yeast in warm water and set aside.
  • Place the dry ingredients into the bowl of the mixer; add the oil.
  • Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour in the water/yeast mixture.
  • Knead dough for 10 minutes. Cover and allow dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Roll the dough out; top with toppings and allow another hour or so to rise before baking.

bread machine step 1 pizza

2.) Cut out two (16″ wide) pieces of parchment paper. Place on a flat surface; dust with flour and set aside.

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3.) Once the dough cycle has finished (or when the dough has finished rising after kneading) transfer dough onto a floured surface.

4.) Cut the dough into two equal pieces and flip over. Take the ends of each piece and pinch together to form a ball.

pizza dough step 2

5.) Roll the dough out into an 11″-12″ circle. Transfer onto parchment paper; top with desired toppings and allow prepared pizzas to rise for 45 min.

air bubble

I highly advise a bread machine as the dough is so fluffy. Air bubbles are sometimes common when using one.

rolled out pizza dough

6.) Place two baking sheets upside down onto the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F with the baking sheets inside. While oven is preheating allow dough to rise an additional 15 min (about  the time the oven preheats.)

bking sheets

7.) Slide the parchment paper with the pizza on top onto a large tray or cutting board. Then carefully slide the parchment paper onto the preheated hot baking sheets and bake one pizza at a time for 14-16 minutes.

transferring pizza dough

baking pizza

8.) Remove the pizza by dragging the parchment paper onto a cutting board and slice.

slice pizza side

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Fluffy Yet Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe
 
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Alyona's Cooking:
Serves: 2 pizzas
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1½ tsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1⅓ cup warm water
Instructions
  1. Add all the dry ingredients into the bread machine pan; add the oil and then pour the warm water over. Set cycle to dough settings and allow the bread machine to do it's thing. (My cycle was 1 hour and 30 minutes.)
  2. DIRECTIONS FOR STAND MIXER: Dissolve the yeast in warm water and set aside.Place the dry ingredients into the bowl of the mixer; add the oil.Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour in the water/yeast mixture. Knead dough for 10 minutes. Cover and allow dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled. Roll the dough out; top with toppings and allow another hour or so to rise before baking.
  3. Cut out two (16" wide) pieces of parchment paper. Place on a flat surface; dust with flour and set aside.
  4. Once the dough cycle has finished (or when the dough has finished rising after kneading) transfer dough onto a floured surface.
  5. Cut the dough into two equal pieces and flip over. Take the ends of each piece and pinch together to form a ball.
  6. Roll the dough out into an 11"-12" circle. Transfer onto parchment paper; top with desired toppings and allow prepared pizzas to rise for 45 min.
  7. Place two baking sheets upside down onto the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F with the baking sheets inside. While oven is preheating allow dough to rise an additional 15 min (about the time the oven preheats.)
  8. Slide the parchment paper with the pizza on top onto a large tray or cutting board. Then carefully slide the parchment paper onto the hot baking sheets and bake one pizza at a time for 14-16 minutes.
  9. Remove the pizza by dragging the parchment paper onto a cutting board and slice.

 

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