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Homemade Pizza Dough: Some Important Dos and Don'ts

Nothing beats a delicious, homemade pizza. There's just something about making the dough from scratch, watching it rise, and topping it with your favorite cheeses, seasonings, and sauces that makes homemade pizza better than anything you can get from...

Nothing beats a delicious, homemade pizza. There's just something about making the dough from scratch, watching it rise, and topping it with your favorite cheeses, seasonings, and sauces that makes homemade pizza better than anything you can get from your freezer or local delivery guy.

Of course, making and baking your own from-scratch pizza dough isn't easy. Perhaps you've been discouraged by your attempts at it in the past. Don't give up just yet! Implement these tips the next time you're craving pizza and you'll be making it like a pro in no time.

Pizza Dough
Pizza Dough

DO Put Down Parchment Paper

Pizza dough, when made correctly, is a sticky and gooey mess--simple as that. So when you're rolling out the kneading the dough, putting down a sheet of parchment paper is a must. You can buy a huge roll of it at any grocery store for just a few bucks, but it'll save you lots of time and hassle when it comes to clean-up.

By putting down a piece of parchment paper before you roll out your pizza dough, you can avoid getting little pieces of dough stuck all over your counters. Plus, parchment paper is oven-safe, so you can simply transfer the dough and paper together into the oven when it's ready to bake.

DON'T Be Stingy With the Flour

Parchment paper will save you from making a mess on your kitchen counter tops, but what about your hands? First of all, be sure to remove any jewelry (such as rings and bracelets) from your hands and arms before you begin kneading your pizza dough. From there, be sure to sprinkle a liberal amount of flour all over your parchment paper and pizza dough. This will help to reduce the amount of dough that ends up on your hands and will make clean-up a little easier on you. After all, it's easier to clean up a little bit of flour than it is a lot of sticky pizza dough.

Pre-Heat Your Pizza Stone
Pre-Heat Your Pizza Stone

DO Pre-Heat Your Pizza Stone

A quality pizza stone is the best-kept secret to crispy, flaky, and delicious baked crust. So if you don't already have a pizza stone in your kitchen, now is the time to ditch the traditional pizza pan and invest in a quality stone.

To achieve the crispiest and flakiest pizza crust, however, you won't want to just place your dough onto the stone and pop it into the oven. Instead, you'll want to get the stone nice and hot by putting it into the oven at about 350 degrees for 10 minutes before you add the dough. You'd be surprised at just how much of a difference this can make in the consistency of your finished crust!

DON'T Settle for Boring Crust

The great thing about making your own pizza crust is that you can dress it up with any flavors you want! Craving something spicy? Consider brushing a small amount of olive oil on your crust and sprinkling a red pepper flakes on top for a yummy, spicy crust.

You can also never go wrong with brushing some melted butter and garlic on your crust before baking. Yum!

DO Ensure Thorough Cooking

Finally, make sure your pizza crust is baked all the way through before you remove it from the oven completely. Often times, people make the mistake of removing the pizza crust as soon as it starts to brown. Usually, it needs longer than you think to cook all the way through. Fortunately, you can cover the top of your pizza with tin foil to prevent it from burning while continuing to cook the inside of the crust thoroughly.

With these tips in mind, you can create a delicious homemade pizza for dinner tonight! Looking for more tips on baking the perfect pizza? Go ahead and contact us today!