Homemade pizza dough really isn’t difficult to prepare. Any of these recipes can be doubled or even tripled, so the leftover dough can be frozen and used for another time. I enjoy making pizza with my kids. They each get their own crust to create their own style of pizza, which is a bonus as they all like different toppings. These recipes can also be made gluten-free by swapping the regular Bisquick for the gluten-free kind. You will need to make sure that you also swap a regular can of beer for a gluten-free variety if you decide to prepare the cheesy beer pizza dough.
Pizza Fun Facts
- Flatbreads were first used as the base for pizzas, and dates as far back as the 6th century BC
- In the 18th century, Naples introduced the use of tomatoes on their flatbreads
- There are many varieties of pizzas depending on each country’s origin
- Pizza was first introduced in the US, in the 19th century and was most popular among the Italian communities
- Canada’s first pizza shop opened in 1948
- There are many toppings which can be added to a pizza such as, meat, cheese, vegetables and even fruit
Traditional Pizza Dough
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- cornmeal to dust the pizza pan
- Place two cups of warm water into a bowl and add two tea spoons of white sugar and stir until dissolved. Lightly mix in two tea spoons of instant yeast and set aside for approximately ten minutes.
- In a stand mixer, using the dough mixer attachment, blend four cups of Bisquick and one teaspoon of salt.
- Pour the yeast mixture into the Bisquick and set the speed to medium mixing until a soft ball of dough forms.
- Place the dough onto a lightly Bisquick floured surface and knead until the dough becomes elastic-like.
- Place the dough in a large lightly greased bowl and let rise for forty-five minutes, covered with a clean towel.
- Separate the dough in four equal sections and prepare your pizza.
- Once you have greased your pizza pan, sprinkle with cornmeal before placing the pizza dough on it.
- This will make four medium size pizzas depending on the desired thickness. Freeze any leftover dough and use for another time.
Cheesy Beer Pizza Dough
- 1 cup warm beer
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- ½ cup old cheddar cheese
- 3 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups Bisquick
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the dough hook attachment, mix one cup of warm beer, two tablespoons of parmesan cheese, three tablespoons of instant yeast, one teaspoon of black pepper, and two teaspoons of garlic powder.
- Allow the mixture to sit for approximately twenty minutes, or until it becomes foamy looking.
- Stir in two table spoons of olive oil.
- Mix in three cups of Bisquick on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Add one-half cup of old shredded cheese and continue mixing for five minutes.
- Place the dough in a large lightly greased bowl and let rise for thirty minutes, covered with a clean towel.
- Punch down the dough and separate into three equal pieces.
- Roll out the dough to be used for making pizzas and freeze any remaining.
Everything But the Bagel Pizza Dough
- 1½ tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp white sugar
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning
- Pour one-half cup of warm water into a small mixing bowl and stir in one teaspoon of white sugar until dissolved. Sprinkle one and one-half teaspoons of instant yeast over the top of the water and let sit for approximately ten minutes until foamy.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the dough hook attachment, blend two cups of Bisquick with two tablespoons of everything but the bagel seasoning.
- Mix in two tablespoons of olive oil and continue mixing for three minutes.
- Pour the beaten egg and yeast mixture into the Bisquick. Mix on medium speed for five minutes.
- Place dough onto a lightly Bisquick floured surface and knead until the dough becomes elastic-like.
- Place the dough in a large lightly greased bowl and let rise for thirty minutes, covered with a piece of lightly greased plastic wrap.
- Allow the dough to rise for one hour, punch down, and separate into two equal pieces.
- Roll out each piece to be used for making pizzas. Freeze any leftover dough.
I’m lucky my entire family enjoys pizza, although I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it. I have one child who would probably eat it every night if I let her. I usually buy a pre-made sauce, but every now and then I will make some. It’s pretty simple. It consists of tomato paste, olive oil, and garlic powder. Try these recipes, I’m sure you will love them as much as my family and I do.