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I first posted this recipe years ago, but I’ve changed up the recipe a bit and took some new pictures, so I wanted to share this with you so you can make delicious pizza at home. If you use this frugal pizza dough recipe, you can save so much money compared to take out. Plus, you can customize your toppings and even make everyone their own small personal pizza.
Note that bread flour will make this recipe even more chewy, but if all you can find is all-purpose flour, that will totally work.
Frugal Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
The last time I made this, I divided the dough into fourths and made several heart shaped pizzas because it was Valentine’s Day. Feel free to just make a regular rectangle or circle shape, though!
Place the yeast, sugar, and warm water (between 90-110 degrees Fahrenheit) together in a large bowl or in the bottom of your stand mixer. This is a good way to test if your yeast is still good!
Let sit until the yeast begins to activate and bubble. It should look something like this.
Add the salt and olive oil to the yeast mixture, and then add about 1 cup of flour. Begin to stir together with a spatula or with the dough hook if using the stand mixer.
Continue to add flour, at least another cup, until the dough starts to combine.
You’ll know you’ve added enough flour when the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
Flour your hands and pick up the dough and form into a ball.
Spray your bowl with cooking spray and place the dough ball inside.
Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm place to rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size. I like to put it on my stovetop with the light on above it. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Once it has risen, place your dough on a floured surface and roll into whatever shape you want. Or, you can divide it into pieces and make several small pizzas, which is what I did.
Poke the pizza with a fork to help prevent huge air bubbles and place in the oven for about 5 minutes to pre-bake. Notice that some of my hearts looked better than others!
Remove from the oven and add your toppings, then place back in the oven for another 10-12 minutes until the pizza is done.
You can even turn the broiler on for a minute or so to give it a nice browning on top.
Even if you don’t make heart-shaped pizzas, I hope you live this frugal pizza dough recipe and work it into your regular rotation!
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