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I had never before attempted to make homemade pizza dough, but figured it couldn't be too hard. I thought it would taste better than a pre-baked pizza shell or refrigerated pizza dough, so I decided to give it a whirl. Seeing as though this recipe was the highest rated pizza dough on Allrecipes.com, I went with it.

But it is not good.

Don't make this pizza dough.

*Recipe from Allrecipe.com
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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, then add oil and warm water. Mix and roll out. Top with your favorite sauce and toppings and then bake for 20-25 minutes.

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THE RESULTS?

No good. Actually pretty bad. It was edible because the sauce and toppings I used were really tasty, but the crust never fully cooked. I even rolled it out into thin crust, and baked it for about 35 minutes. When we removed it from the pizza pan, the crust was really soggy, so we put it back in the oven directly on the rack to let the bottom crisp up. We even broiled it! And it never fully cooked or got crispy.

Either I screwed something up, or it's just a bad recipe. I'm figuring I didn't screw anything up, because the directions just said to throw everything in a bowl, mix and roll. It's supposed to be "convenient" that you don't let it rise. And while yes it was convenient, it did not rise, nor did it fully cook all the way through. So "convenience" does not win out over flavor or texture in my books. I won't add this recipe to my archives and it will be my first post tagged "flop". Yep...no good.


So since this was such a terrible recipe, anybody have a really great homemade pizza dough recipe they want to share with me? Preferably not a bread machine recipe (since I don't have one). I need to redeem homemade pizza in my husbands eye's.

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9 Responses
  1. Mrs. Querido Says:

    So Mrs. MP, you have inspired me...I have set up my very first two week meal plan (I bought all of my groceries today because it is payday. Plus, I wanted to do two weeks to see if I could squeeze my budget out until the end of the month! We shall see). I am going to try out your Dad's perogies too!

    Blessings!


  2. Vanessa Says:

    Hey Kindra. I always pop just the dough in the oven at 400F for 5-8min to set the dough. Then I put on the toppings and put it back in to bake. You want the dough to have a crispy top, but not be browned when you pull it out of the oven to put on your toppings. I think doing this would solve your problem of soggy dough.

    This process also means you can make a bunch of dough in advance, set them at 400F and then freeze them for a future meal. (I wrap them in tinfoil and then plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn). It's handy to have a bunch of pizza crusts ready for toppings in the freezer!


  3. Mrs. Q - Good for you! I'll keep reading to see how it goes ;)

    Vanessa - Great tip, I will definitely try that next time. Although probably with a different dough recipe ;)


  4. Semi homemade - satisfies my husband's wishes for homemade pizza - I just use the walmart brand mix that you mix warm water into. Easy, cheap, and crispy!

    I think we are definitely due for some homemade pizza this weekend!

    I'm a Believer!
    Laura


  5. Thanks for the suggestion Laura. I've never tried pizza crust from a mix before.


  6. Carla Says:

    I have a great and tasty and easy pizza dough recipe passed on to me from my parents that we use all the time - I'll have to send it to you!



  7. fiftyfinally Says:

    I don't know how I got to your site, but I'm reading over some old posts and thought I might suggest something that worked for me.
    I resently went to an Italian market that i've been trying to find and i finally stumbled on it the other day and as I was walking around the place I picked up a bag of pizza dough (wow pizza dough I thought hmmm we love pizza we usually doctor up some frozen thing) so that night we made pizza from scratch wow wonderful.
    Then about 4 days later we went to visit my son 500 miles away and low and behold they were planning on homemade pizza so I drove around to all the pizza places no one would sell me dough (staffed by teenagers ugh)and this was a saturday around noon.
    So I stumgled into a safeway store the bakery was still making bread and they gave me a huge pile of breead dough for $4.00 a bag (each bag made 4 loaves of bread) Pizza for lunch for 6 adults and 4 little kids and 2 loaves of experimental bread the next day with the soup. And when we left, there was still a half a bag left over for future use. And the kids LOVED making pizza and bread and there were 2 3yr olds and 1 2yr old and well the 6 mnth old just watched, but it was a wonderful weekend of bread making for kiddies. Try the bakery in your local supermarket they will probably sell you the stuff. sorry for the length


  8. Fifty Finally - Great suggestion! In the past couple years I've FINALLY come across my favorite homemade pizza dough, so I'll have to post it and redeem my homemade pizza fiasco :) We also love to make individual pizza's on pitas for quick and easy suppers. If you like thin crust pizza it's a great alternative.