3 Easy Pizza Doughs from Scratch
3 Easy Pizza Doughs from Scratch

3 Easy Pizza Doughs from Scratch

We have been making our own pizza’s for such a long time now.  Maybe it’s because I am a control freak when it comes to my food. I want the perfect pizza, perfect flavours, MY choice of ingredients and definitely my own cheese to topping ratios I like. When pizza’s are homemade they also seem less like junk food.  We use quality, fresh ingredients and the resulting pizza’s are light and tasty.

Smoked Salmon Pizza

Smoked Salmon Pizza

Because I have been making these easy pizza dough bases for so long, I now have three separate methods. Each method results in a perfect crust each time.

Today I wanted to share each of my recipes and methods so regardless of what equipment you have on hand you can enjoy your very own homemade pizza dough from scratch. Once you have the perfect pizza crust I suggest you try making my favourite pizza. I have also provided links to some of my most delicious pizza recipes.

The picture above is the Rustic Smoked Salmon Pizza. I haven’t shared this one before so it’s at the bottom of the story.

3 Easy Pizza Dough Methods

  1. Traditional Hand Kneaded Pizza Dough- Hand kneading – Requires no machines or gadgets just a little muscle and patience.
  2. Breadmaker Pizza Dough- If you have a bread maker handy this is a “set and forget,” still a little time consuming.
  3. Thermomix Pizza Dough – Very quick and easy but you need a Thermomix.
Garlic and Olive Pizza Bread

Garlic and Olive Pizza Bread

Even making a simple garlic pizza dough is so much more delicious when you make your own base. Above is a picture of a simple garlic pizza I made. It has a  little bit of red onion, rosemary from the garden and some olives. You could also add some delicious stringy cheese and you would be in pizza heaven.

Pizza Dough using a Bread Maker
Recipe Type: Pizza Dough – Bread Maker
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 6
Beautiful homemade pizza starts with this perfect pizza dough.
Ingredients
  • 500gm Bakers Flour
  • 10gm yeast
  • 5gm sugar
  • 5gm salt
  • 310 ml warm water
  • 20ml oil
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients into a bread maker.
  2. Set the machine to pizza dough.
  3. Come back to it when the machine finishes.
  4. Too easy!
  5. Lightly oil 4 pizza trays 2 x 20cm diameter and 2 x 25cm diameter.
  6. Divide the dough into four balls. Two balls should weigh 170gm each and the other two dough balls should weigh 240gm.
  7. Roll the dough ball into the desired shape and place in the pizza trays. (170gm for 20cm tray)
  8. Allow the dough to proof in the tray for a light fluffy pan crust style.
  9. Once they have proofed as desired they can be refrigerated for later use or topped with fillings and cooked immediately.

Below is an example of a Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Calzone which has been allowed to proof a second time prior to the sweet dessert filling being added. The fluffy deep pan base is ideal for a dessert pizza.

Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Calzone-2

Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Calzone

The next method is using my new best friend in the kitchen.  The Thermomix Pizza dough is so simple I almost didn’t believe it would produce results I would be happy to serve.  I was wrong! It’s the quickest of all methods and work especially well for a thin and crispy base.

Thermomix Pizza Dough
Recipe Type: Thermomix Pizza Dough
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 6
The Thermomix will literally make your pizza base for you in less than 5 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 500gm Bakers Flour
  • 10gm yeast
  • 5gm sugar
  • 5gm salt
  • 310 ml warm water
  • 20ml oil
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in the Thermomix bowl.
  2. Mix on speed 5 for 10 seconds.
  3. Choose the dough setting. Set for 2 minutes on the interval speed.
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl so the dough won’t stick, cover with plastic wrap.
  5. Allow the dough to proof until doubled in size.
  6. When ready to use, punch the dough down and roll into the desired shape.
  7. Top with pizza ingredients and bake.
  8. *cook time = the approximate proofing time.

The picture below is another of my all time favourite homemade pizza’s.  Pictured is the Smokey Steak & Cheese Pizza with Caramelised Onion. It features delicious melted brie and a sweet caramelised onion. Very simple and so delicious!

Smokey Steak & Cheese Pizza with Caramelised Onion

Smokey Steak & Cheese Pizza with Caramelised Onion

If you don’t have either of these machines you are still able to make the perfect pizza dough.  The old fashioned method is just as easy as the other two methods.  The only difference is you need a little bit of muscle to knead the dough.  Kneading the dough activates the glutens and gives the dough the correct texture.

Making Pizza Dough by Hand
Recipe Type: Pizza Dough by hand
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 6
Making pizza dough by hand is very simple and satisfying. If you have children in the kitchen this is a great way to keep them occupied.
Ingredients
  • 500gm Bakers Flour
  • 10gm yeast
  • 5gm sugar
  • 5gm salt
  • 310 ml warm water
  • 20ml oil
Instructions
  1. In a jug with a 2 cup capacity, place the warm water, yeast and sugar. Stir to combine and set aside in a warm area until the mixture is very frothy.
  2. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and combine.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the water mixture and the oil.
  4. By hand combine the ingredients until a dough forms.
  5. Oil the bench top and place the dough ball on the oil.
  6. Knead the pizza dough for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  7. Oil the original large mixing bowl and place the kneaded dough back in the bowl.
  8. Cover with bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or until dough has doubles in size.
  9. Punch the dough down and use as desired.

Last, but not least is my favourite Rustic Smoked Salmon Pizza. I have never had a bought smoked salmon pizza as good as my version.  Best of all it is so quick and simple to make.

Superior Gold Salmon Pizza

Superior Gold Salmon Pizza

Rustic Smoked Salmon Pizza
Recipe Type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 1
This is the ultimate smoked salmon pizza. It is quick and uses ingredients that require very little preparation.
Ingredients
  • 1 Pizza Base (made as per one of the above methods)
  • 200 gm Superior Gold Gravadlax
  • 50gm Pizza Sauces (or tomato paste)
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup rocket
  • 100gm tzatziki
  • 60gm pizza cheese
  • 1/2 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  2. Roll out the base.
  3. Spread with pizza sauce.
  4. Top with onion and cheese.
  5. Cook the pizza for 5-10 minutes until golden and crisp.
  6. Top with salmon rocket and tzatziki.
  7. Squeeze lemon over the pizza to serve.

So there we have it three easy pizza doughs from scratch and a few delicious ideas on how to top them.  What is your favourite pizza topping?

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Comments

  1. Whoa, you’re right I’m in pizza heaven now!! My favourite topping that I can’t live without is cheese. Hehe, pizza ain’t pizza without cheese, right? But whatever you put there, 3-cheese, 4-cheese,7-cheese, I’m happy without anything else 🙂

  2. Wow all of your homemade pizzas look delicious. I think I will have to try one of these methods very soon because I feel a pizza craving coming with lots of mushrooms on top. 🙂

  3. Great suggestions! Delicious pizzas!

  4. Friday night is pizza night at our place and now we make our pizza dough with only 2 ingredients! I love artichokes, olives and spinach on my pizza – all of my favourite things!

  5. Oh yum, I love calzones. I am yet to formulate a GF pastry that doesn’t crack when I fold it in half!

  6. Great recipes, thanks for sharing.

  7. Did not realize you could make pizza dough in a Thermomix, been hearing so many great things about them. Love all your toppings and your methods. Have a great week!

  8. I always used to make my pizza dough by hand but now I do love how quick and easily the Thermomix does it! I know a few people who make it in their KitchenAids too which sounds great!

  9. There is nothing more wonderful than homemade pizzas. They are just such a notch up from the bought or delivered variety. I do love the smell of the yeast in the dough. Your pizzas look wonderful and I particularly like the look of the garlic and olive pizza xx

  10. This is a fantastic post! I love to make pizza from scratch at home and these toppings are wonderful.

  11. We live really close to several superb pizza places, so whenever we get the craving we just dine out or order in. Really should make our own more, though — get to use fun toppings that way. This looks wonderful! Thanks so much.

  12. I love seeing how other people make their pizza dough as we do homemade pizza fortnightly. And now I have three options! I’ll have to try them out 🙂

  13. Bless you, Julie. Your bread maker machine recipe has been saved. Now I can make lovely pizza which hopefully turns out looking as good as yours!

  14. Homemade Pizza is tha BUSINESS!!! Although cant say I have made the pizza base for such a long time, my local baker has them (+ I am rather a lazy home cook). Loving the look of your pizzas, will have to get off my butt and actually make me a pizza from scratch. PS: Smokey Steak…. Alllll the yes! 🙂

  15. We love making our own pizzas…usually anyway, but it’s been too long since dear husband has gotten his hands dirty and kneaded pizza bases for us! Maybe I should remind him this weekend?

  16. You definitely can’t beat homemade pizza! I am glad I have a Kitchenaid though – makes the task of kneading so much easier!

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