I use my bread machine all the time. One of my favorites recipes, other than bread, to whip up is pizza dough.
In the past I always bought the canned pizza dough or the “homemade” pizza dough from the grocery store thinking it was a healthier choice over take out pizza. However, one day I read the labels and to my surprise there were tons of ingredients with names I could not pronounce along with high fructose syrup and other hydrogenated things. Basically, a bunch of unnecessary ingredients that our bodies do not need and could be easily avoided by making it from scratch at home.
Don’t be scared by the whole “from scratch” because I am going to show you how easy it is.
The thing that scared me away from making my own pizza dough was the idea of using yeast and the whole kneading process. Not only was I pretty sure I would mess those two things up I did not have the time to “work” or knead the flour into a dough by hand. The good news is the dough setting on a bread machine does all the work for me. The only thing I need to do is put the ingredients in, select dough cycle, and press start. While it is working hard mixing, kneading, and rising I can carry on with other things.
Almost any pizza dough recipe can be adapted for the bread machine. The one I am using today is a very basic pizza dough recipe from the cookbook The Best of Cooking Light Everyday Favorites: Over 500 of Our All-Time Greatest Recipes. I know I have been cooking a lot from this cookbook lately but it has great healthy easy to make recipes. Notice below this recipe only has 5 ingredients!!
Let’s get started.
Basic Pizza Dough Recipe for Bread Machine
Servings: Makes 1 12 inch pizza crust
Serving size: This will depend how you cut and serve it. Please see the nutritional information below then adapt to your serving.
Approximate nutritional information for entire recipe (1 12 inch pizza crust).
Calories: 1145 * Carbs: 22 * Protein: 4 * Fiber: 1
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast
**Special note** instant yeast and bread machine yeast are the same thing and can be used interchangeably. I found instant yeast in bulk from my local warehouse store so you can get it a lot cheaper than bread machine yeast. However, use what you can find.
Step 1: Take the pan out of the bread machine and place all the ingredients into it. Water, honey, and salt go first then the flour. Make a well in the flour and add the yeast. The yeast cannot touch the water or salt or it will die before it gets a chance to work its magic.
Step 2: Place pan into bread machine. Select white dough cycle and press start. After everything is mixed and kneading has begun it will look like this. Go ahead and touch the dough at this point. It should have a sticky feel to it though not so much that it is sticking to your hands. If this happens add a little more flour in about 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the dough is in the rise cycle do not open the machine because this could interfere with the rising process.
Step 3: After the cycle is complete take it out. It will look something like this.
Freezer instructions: At this point you can freeze it or you can use it. Let me go over the freezing instructions first. This recipe is so easy to prepare and then freeze making it so that you will always have pizza dough on hand for pizza night, quick dinners, or even calzones.
To freeze just wrap in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag and put in the freezer. You may notice it rises a little bit but don’t worry that is normal and will not effect the dough when you go to use it.
Reheating instructions: Take the dough out the day before and let it defrost in the refrigerator or take it out a few hours ahead of time and let it defrost on the counter.
Spray a 12 inch pizza pan ( I have a Wilton pizza panand LOVE it) lightly with cooking spray and form and stretch dough to fit in the pan. I did not have to roll this dough out because it easily stretched to the shape of the pan.
Next put your topping on. We just did basic cheese and turkey pepperoni.
Bake for 18- 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
And here is a picture of a pizza slice so you can see what the dough looks like cooked. YUMMY!
That is it with making your own pizza dough in a bread machine. See nothing to be scared of at all. Only five ingredients, press a couple buttons, then freeze or cook it. Once you start making your own dough I promise you will never go back to store bought.
If you already make your own pizza dough using a bread machine what tips do you have. Also, feel free to share your pizza dough recipes.