Bread Machine Pizza Dough

Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe

By Erin Huffstetler | 01/27/2022 | 1 Comment

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Friday night is pizza night at my house, and it’s almost always homemade. If you’re looking for a good pizza dough recipe, I highly recommend this bread machine version. It’s been our go-to for over a decade, and produces the ultimate thick crust.

Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe

This recipe makes enough pizza dough for 1 large pizza, or 2 medium pizzas.

Prep Time:

1 hour 25 minutes (time may vary, based on bread machine used)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast (or 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar (for testing yeast)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or other cooking oil)

What You Do:

Combine Warm Water, Yeast and Sugar

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water (100-110˚F).

Proofed Yeast

After 10 minutes you should have a foamy mixture. If there’s no foam in the bowl, the yeast is dead, and you should start over with new yeast. This process is known as proofing your yeast.

Note: It’s a bit unconventional to proof yeast for a bread machine recipe, but in tests, I’ve found it produces a pizza crust with a superior rise and texture.

Dump the proofed yeast, and the rest of the ingredients, into the pan of your bread maker, in the order recommended by the manufacturer, or following the order listed in the ingredient list.

I own a Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker (BB-PAC20). It recommends adding the wet ingredients first, followed by the dry ingredients. Just be sure to keep the oil and yeast separate; that’s the main thing. If the oil mixes with the yeast, it’ll interfere with the rise.

Here’s how I load my bread machine …

Add Proofed Yeast to Bread Machine

First, I pour my proofed yeast into my bread maker pan.

Add Flour and Salt

Then, I add the flour and salt.

Add the Olive Oil Last

And I finish with the olive oil.

Once you’ve loaded all the ingredients into your bread machine, select the dough setting, and press start. My machine has two dough settings: one for quick dough, and one for regular dough. If yours is like this, choose the quick dough setting, if you used instant yeast; choose the regular dough setting, if you used dry active yeast).

Bread Dough Made in Bread Machine

After the dough cycle has finished, remove your dough ball from the bread machine (it’ll likely be a bit on the sticky side); and reshape it into a ball, if necessary. Divide, the dough if you plan to make 2 medium size pizzas. Then, place your dough in a large, oiled bowl(s). Cover; and allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes, before attempting to roll it out into a pizza crust.

Homemade Pizza Crust With Sauce

When you’re ready to make your pizza, turn your dough out onto a floured work surface; then, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a 14-inch circle, for a large pizza or two 12-inch circles, for medium pizzas. Transfer your crust to a pizza pan(s); then, poke holes in the dough with a fork. This is known as docking. It’ll allow steam to escape the dough while it’s in the oven, so you don’t end up with big bubbles in your crust.

No-Cook Pizza Sauce Recipe

Spread sauce over your crust. This no-cook pizza sauce is really good, and this homemade Italian seasoning is really good sprinkled on top.

Unbaked Homemade Pizza

Then, add cheese, plus any topping you want, and bake at 475 F. Start with 7-9 minutes, and add additional time as needed. Your pizza is done when the cheese has melted, and the crust is cooked through.

How to Store Your Pizza Dough

If you don’t plan to use your pizza dough right away, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months. Just stick it on the counter, and allow it to come to room temperature, before using.

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Bread Machine Pizza Dough

Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe

My family has been using this bread machine pizza dough recipe for over a decade.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: Enough dough for 1 large pizza, or 2 medium pizzas
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Bread Machine
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast (or 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar (for proofing yeast)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or other cooking oil)

Instructions:

Combine the yeast and warm water (100-110˚F) in a small bowl. Stir in the sugar. The mixture should turn foamy after 10 minutes. If not, you need to start over with fresh yeast.

Add the yeast mixture, plus the rest of the ingredients, in the order recommended by the manufacturer of your bread machine, or in the order listed in the ingredient list.

Select the dough setting on your machine, and press start. If your bread machine has 2 dough settings, choose the “quick” setting, if you used instant yeast, and the “regular” setting, if you used dry active yeast.

When the cycle finishes, remove your dough; and shape it into a single ball (for 1 large pizza), or 2 balls (for 2 medium pizzas). (It’ll probably be on the sticky side at this point) Place the dough in an oiled bowl(s), and allow it to rest for 20 minutes, before shaping into a crust(s).

To make your pizza(s), use a rolling pin to roll the dough into one 14-inch round for a large pizza, or two 12-inch rounds for 2 medium pizzas.

Transfer crust(s) to pizza pan(s), and use a fork to poke holes in the dough.

Top with sauce, cheese and toppings.

Bake in a 475 F oven. Start with 7-9 minutes, and add time, until crust is baked through, and cheese is melted.

Notes

  • This recipe makes 1 large pizza crust, or 2 medium pizza crusts.
  • The dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Allow it to come to room temperature, before using.
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