Once you see how easy it is to make the Best Homemade Pizza Dough you will ditch the delivery. This vegan pizza dough is refined sugar-free and makes the perfect pizza, plus you can freeze it for your future pizza nights.
The Best Homemade Pizza Dough
When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I loved pizza. I would eat half of a large pizza, breadsticks, and some form of chocolate for dessert, and wash it down with soda. I still love pizza and enjoy eating it weekly, but now that I know better, I make my own pizza. It allows me to control the amount of sodium, fat, and calories. Plus, I love that I’m not ingesting all of the preservatives and chemicals found in fast-food pizzas.
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How do you make homemade pizza in the oven?
You want to make sure your oven is preheated and very hot. I suggest heating the oven to 500°F or higher. Arrange a rack in the lower-middle part of the oven (if you have a baking stone, place it on the rack) and heat the oven to 500°F or higher.
Do you have to use a pizza stone?
The ceramic material of a pizza stone holds heat more evenly than a metal baking sheet, and the porous surface draws water out of particularly wet areas of the dough as it cooks. Also, when you preheat the stone, it gives the dough a strong burst of initial heat which causes the crust to puff.
However, I still use a metal pizza pan. I have both a pizza pan with holes (this one) and a solid pizza pan (this one). They are both amazing and give the pizza a crispy bottom while still allowing for a doughy, chewy edge.
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Onto the Best Homemade Pizza Dough recipe!
The Best Homemade Pizza Dough
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 1/4 oz package of active dry yeast
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour (preferably organic)
- 1 tsp salt
- olive oil spray
- In a large bowl, dissolve the maple syrup and yeast in 3/4 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F). Let stand for 7-8 minutes.
- Add flour and salt to the yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Dough will feel slightly sticky.
- Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat the top. Cover with a towel and let rise in a draft-free spot until double in size, approximately 30-40 minutes.
- Punch down the dough and roll into a 10-12 inch circle on a lightly greased pizza pan. Add your favorite toppings and bake at 475 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
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Check out this great Greek pizza recipe if you love this pizza dough.
It’s cholesterol-free, lower in calories and delicious!
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