My family loves pizza. I used to use those bags of pizza dough that you just add water to because they were cheap and easy. However, they didn’t taste the greatest.
Since I didn’t want to buy frozen or carry out pizzas because of our budget, I decided to learn how to make my own pizza crust from scratch.
I have been using this pizza dough recipe for several years now, and my kids love to help me. The recipe is easy to make and produces a pizza crust that tastes great.
- 2 Cups Very Warm Water
- 1 Tbsp. Yeast
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 4 ½ - 5 Cups Flour
- 1 tsp. Salt
- Stir the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil together in a bowl.
- Let stand until bubbles form on top.
- Combine flour, salt and wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Mix the dough until it forms a ball in the mixer.
- Let the dough rise until doubled in size.
- Form the dough into two pizza crusts.
- Poke holes in the unbaked pizza crusts with a form.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Add sauce and toppings.
- Bake for 15-20 more minutes.
To make breadsticks from this dough simply form into breadstick shapes and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
To make cinnamon rolls, roll the dough out until it is ¼ inch thick. Spread melted butter on top. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Roll the dough up and cut into rolls. Bake in a 350 degree oven until they are golden brown.
Divide the dough into two sections. Use a little flour to help roll out the dough. Press into two pizza pans. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add pizza sauce, toppings of choice, and shredded cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
The pizzas can be cooled before adding the toppings and then frozen with good results. Baking time for frozen pizza will vary. Frozen Pizza Instructions
You can use the pizza dough recipe above to make breadsticks. Roll dough into breadstick shapes and lay on a baking sheet or baking stone.
Brush a little melted butter mixed with garlic salt and/or herbs of choice onto each bread stick. Bake in a 400 degree oven until lightly browned.
The kids like to make these because it is like playing with play dough when I ask them to make the dough look like snakes. 🙂
You can also use the pizza dough recipe above to make cinnamon rolls as well. Roll out dough until it is about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Brush the dough with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the melted butter.
Roll the dough, from the outside in, into a log shape. Use clean string or plain dental floss to cut the dough into rolls. Place the cinnamon rolls into pans (I like to use my 9×13 glass dish). Bake in a 350 degree oven until rolls are golden brown.
They may take up to half an hour to bake. Just keep an eye on them once you start to smell them. Once the rolls have cooled you may want to make a powdered sugar glaze to go over the top. To make the glaze take some powdered sugar and a small amount of milk. Whisk together and then drizzle over the top of the rolls.
I hope you enjoy this easy dough. I have found it to be a money-saver. Plus, it is tasty, too.