Learn how to make the BEST Homemade Pizza Dough with this simple step by step recipe! The method is easy but yields the perfect American pizza crust with a thick, soft, and chewy interior and a nice crispy, golden brown exterior. The dough is also great to make ahead and freeze in batches!
*Note: Please watch the recipe video for visual instruction!
Mix water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl and allow to rest for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Form a mold in the center, then pour in the foamy yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon or chopsticks to combine. Then transfer to a floured working surface and knead with your hands (or use a mixer) for about 10 minutes, until a smooth dough forms.
Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and leave to rise for at least an hour in a warm spot.
Once the dough has doubled in size, divide it into two portions. Cover again and let rise for another 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven with a pizza stone or baking sheet to 428°F (220°C).
Stretch and roll out the dough on a floured work surface to be about 0.6-inch (1,5 cm) thick.
Then top with your favorite toppings (e.g. tomatoes and vegan mozzarella or garlic mushrooms and spinach). Brush the sides with a bit of olive oil if you like, and bake your pizza on the pizza stone or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for about 8-10 minutes.