We love homemade pizza in this house. Its something we enjoy quite often, but to be honest, I don’t always have the time or want to wait for the amount of time it takes to create a yeast proven dough. With the mixing and rising, etc., it can take literally hours. This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough recipe is the best solution for when you are wanting to enjoy a delicious homemade pizza pronto! This recipe is a wonderful one to have in your repertoire!
I know that you can buy pizza dough mixes at the grocery store. I have yet to find one that we actually like. More often than not, I find that they leave a really unpleasant taste in my mouth that I just don’t enjoy.
This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough is the perfect answer for those times when you want a pizza on the table, but don’t have the time to wait. Try it as an alternative to pizza breadsticks! You are hungry now. With this recipe, you can actually have a delicious four-person sized pizza on the table in about half an hour tops! I kid you not! And, for those who cannot tolerate yeast, or who don’t have yeast, there is absolutely none needed in this recipe.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS QUICK AND EASY PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE
No yeast involved, no rising time, and there are only five simple ingredients needed to make this fabulous pizza dough. Mix, roll, top, bake and enjoy!
|2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour|
|1 TBS baking powder|
|¼ tsp salt|
|1 cup milk|
|¼ cup butter, at room temperature|
Tough enough to handle whatever toppings you decide to cover it with, this quick and easy pizza dough really is the quickest and easiest way to make a fresh and delicious homemade pizza that the whole family will enjoy!
HINTS AND TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE
Be sure to follow my sure-fire tips to make sure your pizza dough recipe is a success!
- Read through the recipe a few times to help familiarise yourself with any ingredients or equipment needed for this pizza dough.
- Assemble everything you need before you start. This helps to make sure that you don’t leave anything integral to the recipe out by mistake.
- I use my stand mixer with the dough hook for this. It does a fabulous job every time, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, you can also use am electric hand mixer (my hand mixer also has dough hooks), or when push comes to shove you can easily mix it by hand, although it will take a bit longer to do.
- The dough can be rather sticky, but don’t be afraid to flour your board, hands, and rolling pin generously.
- If you have a problem with dairy you can substitute non-dairy substitutes for the milk and butter.
- I have not used gluten-free flour for this, but don’t see any reason why it would not work with one.
- You can either roll this into a 14-inch round or a 12 by the 15-inch rimmed baking sheet.
- There is no need to leave the crust to rise prior to baking as no yeast is involved.
- There is no need to prebake the crust, however, if you are fond of a really crisp base, prick it all over with a fork, brush with garlic oil and bake for 5 minutes prior to topping.
- If you wish you can divide the dough into four portions, rolling each one into a separate smaller sized pizza, ready for your family to top individually as per their own desires.
- You can completely make this dough/crust ahead of time and freeze it un-topped, ready to thaw, top, and bake at a later date.
HOW TO MAKE QUICK AND EASY PIZZA DOUGH
This goes together really quickly with the use of a stand mixer.
Preheat the oven to 450*F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Alternately prepare a large (14-inch) pizza pan accordingly.
Measure all of the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Using the dough hook, mix on low speed until a ball begins to form. (The dough may be quite sticky.)
Tip out onto a well-floured board and shape into a ball or rectangle using well-floured hands.
Transfer to the baking sheet or the pizza pan. Roll out to either a rectangle or a round in the desired pan. You can use your floured hands to press it out if that is easier.
Using a 12 by 15 inch baking tin, I got a crust which was approximately ¼ inch thick. (Remember it is going to rise a fair bit in the oven.)
Spread with your preferred Pizza Sauce and toppings.
(Today I went incredibly old school, making a simple cheese and tomato with basil pizza.)
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and on the bottom. Cool slightly and cut into wedges to enjoy!
HOW TO DRESS UP YOUR QUICK AND EASY PIZZA DOUGH
Pizza toppings can be as varied as your own family’s preferred tastes. Sometimes we enjoy it simply topped with a good pizza sauce and cheese as we did on this day. Other days we like to be a bit fancier and more adventurous. Here are some examples of our favourite pizza styles and toppings.
- Vegetarian – Add sauce and top with a mix of your favourite vegetables. Sliced mushrooms, olives, sliced peppers, sweet corn, chopped onions, etc.
- Hawaiian – Add sauce and top with bits of chopped ham, pineapple chunks, green pepper and chopped red onions.
- BBQ Chicken – Add a nice layer of your favourite BBQ sauce, chopped chicken, chopped red onions and plenty of melty gouda cheese.
- Cheeseburger – Add a layer of pizza sauce, then top with a layer of browned ground beef and onions, processed cheese, pickle slices, etc.
- BLT – Top your crust with plenty of cheese, chopped cooked bacon and sliced tomatoes. Bake and then top with a layer of chopped lettuce and a drizzle of ranch dressing to serve.
- Chicken Caesar – Brush the crust with your favourite Caesar salad dressing. Sprinkle on plenty of grated cheese. Top with some chopped chicken, sliced black olives, diced red onions, and grated parmesan cheese. Bake until crisp then top with shredded romaine lettuce, crispy garlic croutons, crisp bacon crumbles and another drizzle of Caesar salad dressing. (This is a personal favourite of mine.)
- All Dressed – Throw on plenty of your favourite sauce and toppings, cheese, sausage, pepperoni, ham, peppers (hot and sweet), olives, etc.
I almost always make my own from scratch Pizza Sauce. It is not really that hard to do and makes enough for two large pizzas.
Make your own pizza sauce – whisk together 2 cups of tomato sauce with ¼ cup of tomato paste, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 ½ tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried oregano, a pinch of five-spice powder and some salt and black pepper to taste.
Pizza is one of our favourite things to enjoy for a quick and easy lunch or supper, and in many shapes, like pizza burgers! We often like to have it with a salad on the side. I have even been known to enjoy a cold slice or two for breakfast. Its also great to serve on game nights or when your children are having friends over for a sleep-over.
Lets be honest a good Pizza is welcome anytime of the day and for most occasions. A pizza is only as good as its crust and this Quick and Easy Pizza Dough makes one of the best crusts around! You are going to be thanking me for this fabulous recipe again and again!
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 TBS baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 450*F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Alternately prepare a large (14-inch) pizza pan accordingly.
- Measure all of the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook, mix on low speed until a ball begins to form. (The dough may be quite sticky.)
- Tip out onto a well-floured board and shape into a ball or rectangle using well-floured hands.
- Transfer to the baking sheet or the pizza pan.
- Roll out to either a rectangle or a round in the desired pan. You can use your floured hands to press it out if that is easier. Using a 12 by 15 inch baking tin, I got a crust which was approximately ¼ inch thick. (Remember it is going to rise a fair bit in the oven.)
- Spread with your preferred Pizza Sauce and toppings.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and on the bottom.
- Cool slightly and cut into wedges to enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267 calories for ¼ pizza, not including toppings
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.