Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe Can Be Made Gluten Free
Making your own dough for pizza is time consuming, but wonderfully satisfying at the same time. If you are going to make pizza dough, be sure to triple the recipe so you can use one batch and freeze remaining dough for a later date. You can freeze the dough for up to two months and just take it out to thaw before using it. This homemade pizza crust recipe can be made gluten free
Recipe Yields 3 – 12″ Round Pizzas:
This pizza dough is one of our families favorites. One recipe yields (3) 12″ round pizzas. If you would like to make this a gluten free recipe, please change the white flour to a gluten free alternative. Almost all forms of yeast I have found are also gluten free. However always check your labels.
1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons out of a jar)
1-1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3-1/2 cups bread flour (You can use regular white flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons white sugar
In my KitchenAid Mixing Bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Just sprinkle on yeast and let sit for 10 minutes. At the end of ten minutes, stir any undissolved yeast.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Using the paddle on mixer (Kitchen Aid), mix in olive oil, flour,salt and sugar on low speed for about a minute. Remove the mixing paddle and replace with a dough hook, Knead using the mixer on medium.. It takes awhile about 10 minutes. Add in a very small amount of flour until it reaches a pizza an elastic appearance and becomes stiff.
Turn off oven!
Turn the dough out into an olive oiled, oven proof bowl. Oil a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Let the dough rise in warm, but off oven, until doubled in volume, about 30-40 minutes.
If you are choosing to freeze the dough, let it rise, punch down and then freeze. Thaw it out when you wish to use it. It does need to be completely thawed out but doesn’t need to raise again. Punch it down if it has raised and follow instructions below.
Olive oil your round pizza pans, really well before you place your rolled dough onto them. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Divide the dough into 3 even balls of dough for 3-round, thin crust pizzas. (They still puffed up a little during cooking). Form dough into a round shape and roll out into a pizza crust shape.
Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in a 425 degree preheated oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy making fresh pizza anytime. Believe me when I say, there is NOTHING like a fresh, homemade pizza.