Basic Pizza Dough for Healthy Pizzas Recipe

But magic is like pizza: even when it’s bad; it’s pretty good.
— Neil Patrick Harris
We eat pizza at least three times a week!

We eat pizza at least three times a week!

Who doesn’t love pizza?  We eat a lot of homemade healthy pizza at my house.  Not only is it a lot of fun but we can all create our own pizza masterpiece.  Of course, having the right tools really helps make the process that much easier.  A couple years ago I splurged on a patio pizza oven (this baby can cook a pizza in 3 minutes ;p), some pizza peels, and a bread machine.  Now, every weekend I make a batch or two of pizza dough in the bread machine and we are ready to create on a moment’s notice!  Today, I am sharing a basic pizza dough recipe and some variations.  In future posts, I will share some of our favorite pizza creations, and yes, some of our big pizza fails.

This is where the real magic happens

This is where the real magic happens

Basic Bread Machine Pizza Dough

 1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cups bread flour

2 teaspoon dry yeast

1 ½  tablespoon sugar (your choice; white, brown, raw, honey… you get the idea)

1 teaspoon salt

I put everything in the bread machine in the order listed above, put it on dough/pasta setting and walk 

away.

bread machine pizza dough

bread machine pizza dough

Variations:  there are so many different ways to prepare this to appease to every taste and diet.  Below are some of the variations we use frequently in our home

  • Substitute all or part whole wheat flour for the bread flour.  For each 1 cup I substitute, I add an extra tablespoon or so of water plus ½ tablespoon of vital wheat gluten.  I say ‘or so’ because different brands act differently and you may need to adjust.
  •  For a savory crust, add any one or combination of the following

o 1 tablespoon Italian herbs

o 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

o 1 teaspoon garlic powder

o 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • Substitutes ½ c flour with semolina flour for a more rustic pizza dough
  • Substitute ½ c flour with soy flour to boost your protein
  • A little more oil will give you a crisper crust