Pizza Dough Secrets (WFMW)

Last week, I shared my tip for using parchment paper to get your pizza in and out of the oven.  Then, it occurred to me that I haven’t shared my secrets for making homemade pizza dough.  What good is a trick for transporting your homemade pizza if you don’t have a great recipe for the pizza dough?

Never fear… The recipe is here.

Over the last few months, I’ve been on a bit of a quest for the perfect pizza dough. I’ve tried lots of different recipes and methods.  Some worked, and some didn’t… But I wasn’t completely satisfied.  In the end, I found that changing up my ingredients a bit made the biggest difference.  So, today I will show you my favorite pizza dough ingredients and the recipe that works for me!

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The Ingredients…

Most of the pizza dough recipes that I have seen call for all purpose flour, so that is what I typically used for my pizza dough.  When I wanted a healthier pizza dough, I would add some whole wheat flour into the mix.  It was decent, but it never seemed quite right.

So, when I got a gift card for King Arthur Flour for my birthday, I decided to try a few new flours.  I have never found a King Arthur product that I didn’t love, and these are no exception.  Here are my secrets for the perfect pizza dough…

  • Italian Style Flour – This flour is smooth and silky and has the perfect texture for pizza dough that is chewy… Just like the pizzaria down the street!
  • White Whole Wheat Flour - I try to incorporate whole grains wherever I can, and pizza is no exception.  Many traditional whole wheat flours make the dough a bit heavy, though. White whole wheat flour keeps things nice and light while adding all of that whole grain goodness. Oh, and it’s not just for pizza!
  • Pizza Dough Flavor – I don’t typically buy spice mixes and flavorings, but this is one place where I make an exception.  Sure, you could try to find the perfect blend of spices to add to your pizza dough, but the nice people over at King Arthur have already figured it out.

If you’re interested, you’ll probably need to order the Italian Style Flour and Pizza Dough flavor online.  You will probably find the White Whole Wheat Flour at your local grocery store, though!

The Dough…

Lately, when I make pizza at home, I have been using a version of the pizza dough from The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I love that it makes enough dough for two pizzas.  I typically make one pizza and then stash the leftover dough in the fridge for a day or two and use it for stromboli or a deep dish skillet pizza. Plus, it’s so simple and easy that I have almost committed it to memory!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
(Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, find the original recipe here)

Begin by dissolving the yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water.  Add the Italian style flour, olive oil, pizza dough flavor, and salt, and whisk together until the mixture is smooth.

Gradually add the white whole wheat flour, about 1/2 cup at a time. Continue to stir with a wooden spoon or a large, sturdy whisk (I love this dough whisk from King Arthur, too) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Then, use your hands to knead the flour as you work in just enough of the whole wheat flour that the dough doesn’t stick to your hands. Knead until the dough is soft, smooth, and silky.

Transfer the dough to a greased or oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let it rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Once the dough has risen, you can shape into two large pizzas and top with your favorite pizza toppings. Bake at 450°F for about 12 – 15 minutes.

Please Note -The links to The Pioneer Woman Cooks are Amazon Affiliate links.

I am not affiliated with King Arthur Flour… I just love their products!


14 Responses to Pizza Dough Secrets (WFMW)

  1. Jen, how do you like that dough whisk? I saw it at a KAF demo and can’t decide if it’s worth finding space in the utensil drawer for it.

    • Wendi – I like the dough whisk a lot. It’s handy for just about any yeast dough, but especially good for sandwich bread. I have also used it to incorporate wet ingredients in a quick bread since it doesn’t “over-mix” too much. It was worth it for me… Granted, I make A LOT of bread. :)

  2. JulieD says:

    Thanks for these tips! I got an email from King Arthur Flour about the pizza dough flavor and was wondering what that was all about!

  3. JenniferA says:

    Here’s another tip, and one I think gives you pizza dough flavor – try using lard instead of olive oil. I swear, this has given me the most authentic pizza parlor flavor. Also, if you like a nice thin crust, try adding a little extra vital wheat gluten, which you can buy in a box in most grocery stores somewhere near the flour.

  4. I always make sure to stop by your blog on Wednesdays because I know you’ll have great tips to share!

    I have a dough whisk that I got for Christmas last year, but surprisingly I’ve never used it! Thanks for reminding me about it :)

  5. Joyagg says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love King Arthur too. I always get my cocoas and other wonderful ingredients from them online.

  6. I *really* have to try making this myself…. Or just come and visit you again!

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