My family is getting bigger (I mean the kids are getting taller) and the kids will not stop growing! As a result, many of my homemade pizza dough recipes just don’t make enough. I like having some leftovers too for lunches the next day, don’t you? So I tried another recipe for pizza dough that would make enough for everyone plus leftovers.
Normally, I proof all of my dough in the bread maker. I never use it to bake bread though! Bread makers are great for kneading the dough and keeping it at the perfect temperature for proofing. Since this is twice the amount of dough I would make I decided to use the large kitchenaid mixing bowl instead. The bread hook will knead the dough for you or you can knead it by hand.
Toppings are endless of course! I love how you can make the pizza just the way you want it. Everyone gets their own medium sized pizza dough ball. I also make my own Italian turkey sausage beforehand because Aldi stopped carrying it several months ago.
Don’t want pizza? Make breadsticks or bread knots of cinnamon streusel pizza for dessert! Yum!
Pizza Dough for the Family
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 Tb sugar
- 1 Tb yeast
- 1 Tb kosher salt
- 2 Tb olive oil
- 2 Tb pizza dough flavor (optional)
- 5.5 - 6 cups all purpose flour (660-720 grams)*
- In a large bowl or your mixing bowl, add your water, sugar and yeast. Mix together to combine. Allow to sit 10-15 minutes to double check that the yeast is alive. You will know if the yeast is alive because the top will be foamy and have a few bubbles.
- Add the salt, oil and optional pizza flavor. Mix together. Add 5 and 1/2 cups of flour.
- With a dough hook or with your hands, knead the dough for 7-10 minutes. It should be smooth and not super sticky and not dry. If the dough is too sticky and is not smooth, add another 1/4 cup or more of flour and knead again.
- Place the dough in a large bowl coated with olive oil (or remove your dough and spray with olive oil and place the dough right back in the first bowl!). Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 1-2 hours. The dough will double inside.
- If you don't need the dough immediately, cover airtight and store in the fridge up to 24 hours.
- For baking now, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. I let my pizza stone heat up in the oven at this point. If using a stone, you will make your pizza on parchment paper. If you are using a cookie sheet, then grease the cookie sheet.
- Divide the dough into 4 sections. You can roll or hand-stretch the dough into a circle. Add any ingredients you like! For the first layer, use olive oil or marinara sauce. Sprinkle some cheese like provel, mozzarella and/or Parmesan. My favorite combination is mozzarella, tomato, basil and pesto. Or you can do onion, sausage, pepperoni, onion/tomato/zucchini, olives, anchovies, etc.
- Bake in the oven for 14-18 minutes. If you fold the dough into a pizza calzone, they will take a little longer to bake. Cool for 10 minutes, slice and enjoy!