This super simple homemade garlic and herb pizza dough recipe is so flavorful and makes a chewy, crispy crust. It's easy to make your own pizza dough at home! Just 5 minutes to mix together, about an hour to rest, and the dough is ready to bake!
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
A great pizza begins with a delicious pizza crust! And I have found there are two ways to get a flavorful crust. One great way is to allow your pizza dough to slowly rise, which creates complexity in the flavor. If you have a few days before you need the pizza dough, check out my Cold Ferment Pizza Crust recipe.
But the other way is much faster! Begin with a flour-water ratio that delivers a great textured crust, and then add in a blend of herbs that accentuate the pizza's flavor. That's what this recipe will give you!
Pizza night should be easy, right? And that's exactly what this recipe is! Less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, and a pretty short rising period. You will have hot, fresh, and super tasty pizza in about an hour!
Bread Flour - This recipe uses bread flour to give the crust a really good chewiness, but you can substitute an equal amount of all-purpose flour if that is all you have on hand. The crust will be a little softer.
Active Dry Yeast - Instant yeast can also be used. It will have a slightly shorter rise time.
Italian Seasoning - You can use ½ teaspoon of oregano and ½ teaspoon of basil instead of the Italian seasoning.
Garlic - Fresh garlic has a little more flavor than garlic powder and is my preference in this recipe.
Water - It is important to use lukewarm water in this recipe. If it is too cold the yeast will not activate, and too hot can kill the yeast. 100-110°F is perfect!
Step One: Mix together the dry ingredients
Place the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt into a large bowl.
Stir with a spoon to mix these ingredients together.
Step Two: Add water and oil
Pour the water and oil around the outer edge of the flour mixture, closest to the bowl. This will help it mix in properly as it spreads the liquid across the surface of the flour instead of making a puddle in one spot.
Step Three: Knead the dough
Stand Mixer Instructions:
- Place the dough hook attachment onto your electric mixer and turn it to low speed.
- The flour mixture will begin to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Once the dough forms, continue kneading for several minutes.
Hand Kneading Instructions
- Use a large spatula or spoon to fold the liquids into the flour mixture.
- Continue to fold until a ball of dough forms.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead by folding one side in half over the other, turning, and repeating the motion.
- Knead for 4-5 minutes, until it becomes a soft dough.
Step Four: Let the dough rise
- Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of the bowl.
- Turn dough to coat with oil, and use the dough ball to wipe the oil around the surface of the bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel and place the bowl in a warm place.
I like to heat my oven to 200°F then turn it off. Place the bowl into the oven once it is OFF and close the door. This is the perfect environment for the dough to rise. I know I am being a bit redundant, but it cannot be stressed enough --- make sure that you do not turn the oven on while the dough is in there!
- In 45-60 minutes the dough should have doubled in size and be ready to stretch.
Step Five: Stretch the dough
- Divide dough into two equal pieces.
- The best way to prepare your crust is to stretch it. Using a rolling pin presses out the bubbles in the dough, making a dense and tough crust.
- For a thin crust pizza, stretch each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. For a thicker crust, make a 7-inch circle. And for one large pizza, keep the dough as one ball and stretch to 14-18 inches.
Step Six: Top the pizza and bake
I love a crispy crust so I preheat a pizza stone in the oven at 500°F for about an hour. This is the closest thing to a pizza oven that you will get in your home kitchen.
If you are using a preheated pizza stone then you need to top the pizza on a pizza peel and then slide the dough onto the stone.
It's a pretty simple process! Place some cornmeal onto the peel, then transfer your dough circle. Add your pizza sauce, mozzarella, and your favorite toppings. I like to finish it off with a little Parmesan cheese.
If you are using a baking sheet, skip the pizza peel, place your dough directly onto the sheet, then add the sauce and toppings. A preheated stone cooks faster than a baking sheet, so add a few extra minutes to the cooking time if you use this method.
- Use 1 tablespoon of your favorite fresh herbs, like basil, oregano, or rosemary, in place of the Italian seasoning.
- Make it cheesy by adding 1-2 tablespoons of Parmesan into the dough.
- If you like spicy, try adding ¼ teaspoon of crush red pepper flakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are looking for a thick-crust pizza, stretch the dough into 7-inch circles, or make one 14-inch pizza.
Absolutely! Just add the ingredients in the order directed by the manufacturer, then turn it onto the dough setting.
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Homemade Garlic and Herb Pizza DoughRecipe by:
- 2 cups (260 grams) bread flour
- 1 package (1 ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic
- ⅔ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus additional for the bowl)
- cornmeal (optional)
- Add all of the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour the oil and warm water around the edge of the bowl. Using a dough hook, mix on low speed for 5 minutes.
- Add some oil to the bowl and turn the dough to coat with oil. Cover and allow to rise until the dough has doubled in volume, approximately 45-60 minutes.
- Preheat a pizza stone in the oven at 450 degrees for at least 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into two balls.
- Press the center of the dough to begin forming a circle. Once the dough is fairly flat, press the right side of the dough with your right hand and stretch the left side of the dough with your left hand, turning and stretching, to form the dough into a 9-inch circle.
- Sprinkle cornmeal over a pizza peel, if using, and place the dough circle onto the peel. Work quickly to top the dough with your sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.
- Transfer to the baking stone and cook for 9-11 minutes.
All-purpose flour can be used in place of bread flour with a 1:1 substitution. If using iodized salt instead of kosher salt, reduce to ¾ teaspoon. Use ½ teaspoon of garlic powder in place of the garlic cloves. ½ teaspoon of oregano and ½ teaspoon of basil can be used instead of the Italian seasoning.