20 Minute Pizza Dough
Serves: 2 14”-16” pizza
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (11ml)(or 1fast acting rapid rise yeast packet)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water that has been brought to 120°
  • 3-1/4-3-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat your oven between 450-500° (If your oven runs hot try 450° once you know how even you oven runs at this temperature you'll have a better idea of temperature and timing.
  2. I run my oven at 500 degrees once it's been on for an hour if I'm making pizza after pizza I turn it down to 450° if I feel the cheese is getting dark quick.
  3. The pizza takes 9-10 minutes to bake. KEEP an eye on them, 1 minute will matter at 500°
  4. In a large mixer bowl add the yeast and sugar to the warm water and let it stand for 5 minutes. It will become foamy.
  5. Then place 3-1/4 cups flour into the bowl with the olive oil and salt and mix with the paddle attachment or with a wooden spoon if mixing by hand.
  6. Then add the paddle attachment and mix until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If you aren't using a mixer, just use a wooden spoon to mix until it forms a ball.
  7. The will make about 24oz dough.
  8. Roll the dough into 2 balls with a small amount of flour if needed if it's sticky.
  9. TWO 12oz pizza dough will stretch to be about 12" pizzas each.
  10. Let the dough rest/rise for 5-10 minutes. The timing will depend on how warm or cool your kitchen is.
  11. Stretch the pizza dough with floured hands and a little flour on your work surface. Knead the air out of the dough by pressing your fingertips to create a crater look in the dough. Then pick up the dough and stretch it with your knuckles around in a circle until the dough is smooth and fairly evenly round shaped. This sometimes takes practice, do not try to overstretch the dough the first few times you try it, you can always put it on your pizza screen and stretch it a bit before adding toppings.
  12. I bake my pizza on pizza screens, they have holes just like a "screen" implies, they really are the BEST for baking pizza and ensuring a crispy crust and bottom. I've used all sorts of "pizza" pans and stones over the years and the pizza screens are by far my favorite, they are just a few dollars at a restaurant or cooking supply stores.
  13. If you are adding sauce to your pizza don't overload it as this is just one more thing that can make the crust soggy and heavy and not crisp properly.
  14. Add 1/4 cup sauce to start with them add some more.
  15. Alternatively, you can brush some olive oil on the crust and add topping if tomato sauce isn't your favorite.
  16. Then add your cheese about 8oz. grated cheese per pizza then toppings. Add a little oregano and begin cooking.
  17. Cook pizza 9-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly and bottom crust is crisp.
  18. When the pizza is done, let it rest a couple minutes so when you slice it the cheese stays put on each piece.
Recipe by Created by Diane at https://www.createdby-diane.com/2017/10/20-minute-pizza-dough.html