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Pizza Dough Made Easy in the Bread Machine

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Peg Cole is a self-taught cook who shares favorite recipes and methods of cooking and baking.

Cheese Pizza Made at Home

Fresh, hot pizza right out of your own oven.

Fresh, hot pizza right out of your own oven.

Why Bread Machine Pizza?

There's good reason to drag out that clunky bread machine when you put it to use making homemade pizza dough. Whether it's a loaf of homemade bread or a favorite dough, this item has more than paid for itself. In fact, over the past two decades I've worn out about 3 of these useful appliances. They're well worth the investment to save time, energy and money spent on delivery pizza.

I've also made bread the old fashioned way, kneading and mixing by hand. Either way you do it the most important thing is getting good results. In light of the current pandemic and the fear of inviting unwanted germs into our homes, making homemade pizza seems like a good way to go.

The first thing about choosing a bread maker is making sure there's a dough-only cycle. Don't be fooled by the "pasta dough" selection since that's not what you're making. That setting kneads a second time which will make your crust tough. You'll want to turn your dough onto a floured surface and form it gently yourself.

Soon enough, you'll be twirling that dough over your head like a pro.

Choosing a Breadmaker

This appliance gets a workout at my house.

This appliance gets a workout at my house.

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour, all purpose or better for bread
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast, bread machine or active dry yeast

For the Toppings:

  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pepperoni, olives, cooked hamburger or ?, optional

Instructions for Making the Dough

  1. Put the ingredients in the pan in the order listed with the wet ingredients first.
  2. Add the flour, then make a small hole and measure in the salt, sugar and yeast on top.
  3. Keep the yeast away from the salt if possible.
  4. Choose the dough cycle, NOT the pasta dough if your machine has one. Press the Start-Stop Button to begin the cycle.
  5. If the dough looks sticky after a couple of minutes, sprinkle in a little more flour as the machine continues to knead.
  6. Ideally, the dough ball should be well-formed and pull away from the sides of the pan.
  7. Once the cycle is complete and the dough has risen it should look like this.

Instructions for Forming the Dough

  1. Prepare a dry countertop or floured pastry board for rolling out the dough.
  2. Sprinkle enough flour on the surface to keep the dough from sticking.
  3. Unplug the bread machine and remove the bread pan. Don't worry If the dough starts to deflate when you remove it from the machine. It'll rise again.
  4. Be sure to remove the bread paddle from the lump of dough.
  5. Fold the dough over on itself and knead only enough to turn the edges inside and under to form a small ball.
  6. Let the dough rest for 5 - 10 minutes while you gather the toppings and preheat the oven to 375 degrees f.
  7. Stretch the dough ball to the edges of the pan by pressing with floured fingers.
  8. Form a small edge of rolled dough for the outer edges of the crust.

Prepping the Dough for Baking

  1. Spoon the pasta sauce on top of the prepared raw pizza crust.
  2. Sprinkle the desired amount of Mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce. Add Parmesan cheese and a dash of garlic powder if desired.
  3. Add any other toppings you like on part or all of the cheese: Pepperoni slices, olives, mushrooms, cooked hamburger meat or other items as desired.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 - 25 minutes until the crust is cooked and the cheese begins to bubble and lightly turn brown.
  5. Let the pizza rest for 3 - 5 minutes before cutting. Serve and enjoy!

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Our Favorite

Piping hot from the oven!

Piping hot from the oven!

Timing is Everything

Planning ahead is important. Remember that the dough has to rise and that takes about an hour. Including preparation time to add the ingredients, and time for the bread maker to knead the dough, it's best to start a couple of hours before your meal. Don't forget to add the bake time and rest time after it bakes.

Tip: Make sure your yeast is within its best sold or best used by date. Using expired yeast can lead to failure of the bread to rise and will make a frisbee rather than a rising crust.

Tip: The more ingredients you pile on top adds to the bake time to ensure the middle of the crust is fully cooked.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore. . . ♫

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peg Cole

Comments

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 22, 2020:

Hi Linda, My hubby is a real bread lover so we get a lot of use out of our bread maker. Nice to see you here. Thanks for the compliment.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 22, 2020:

Hello Sp Greaney. I also use the bread machine dough cycle to make sweet dough for cinnamon rolls. Thanks for your nice comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2020:

I don't have a bread machine, but your recipe sounds like a great reason to get one. The pizza that you've made looks delicious!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 22, 2020:

I don't have a bread maker but I think I need one. It seems to be so useful. Your pizza came out great and your advise as well as the photo guide on how to make the dough is so useful.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 20, 2020:

Hi Denise, I'm sure the recipe would taste good with whole wheat flour, too, and much more healthy. I like to use a cup of it mixed with all purpose flour for bread sometimes. Stay healthy and thank you for the nice remarks.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 20, 2020:

I keep my breadmaker out all the time. I love bread and I make pizza dough very much like your recipe but I use whole wheat because the doctor told me that I'm at risk for colon cancer and cancer loves white bread. With the breadmaker I know exactly what is in the bread and how it is made. Thanks for the recipe and lovely pictures.

Blessings,

Denise

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 20, 2020:

You know, Flourish, I love to make bread by hand but the kneading has become excessive for me. (neck pain) It's possible to use the bread machine for making the dough and then shaping, forming and baking bread in a regular oven. I never cared for the shape of the square bread pans.

It truly is economical when comparing the total cost of the ingredients versus delivery prices. Plus, you know exactly what went into the product.

Thanks so much for your visit and comments.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 20, 2020:

Thank you Chitrangada. I'm making this recipe frequently these days as home delivery has become so questionable and expensive. It's economical and fun to do and smells so good when it bakes. Glad that your family likes pizza. Us, too!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 20, 2020:

Hi Mary, I just purchased a new Hamilton Beach bread maker this month as the Cuisinart has begun to fail after so much use. There are several economical models on eBay with free shipping when you're ready for another one.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 20, 2020:

Hi Liz, We used to always stop for a slice of pizza at Costco's food court. Now that things have changed so dramatically, we're making more meals at home. Thanks for your kind words.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 20, 2020:

So many people have these bread machines, and it's great that you provide yet another use for them. Especially during these thrifty times, this is a wonderful way to save money, plus this looks absolutely delicious. Your instructions are clear and detailed and easy to follow. Makes me really hungry!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 19, 2020:

Great presentation of the pizza dough recipe, with helpful pictures and stepwise instructions. I do make pizza dough at home, but I haven’t used a machine for this. This looks interesting to me, because my family loves homemade pizzas.

Love your cooking skills, and how you take care of small details, which is important.

Thank you for sharing this.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 19, 2020:

Hi Peggy, I've enjoyed my bread machine for many years but occasionally still make homemade bread by hand. I haven't tried your recipe for spaghetti squash. It looked good!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2020:

I have made homemade bread, but have never had a bread machine. As to making pizza, my latest discovery is using spaghetti squash in the crust. My husband and I really like it!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 19, 2020:

I used to have a bread maker and I used it all the time but when it wasn't working that well anymore, I threw it out. I haven't yet replaced it. Seeing this, it reminded me to get another one.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 19, 2020:

This is a great idea. I appreciate your clear and helpful instructions. It looks like a very professional result.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 19, 2020:

Hello Pamela, I can understand the reason for sharing an appliance that takes up a lot of cabinet space or doesn't earn its keep. My hubby is really big on homemade bread so I use my machine frequently.

I appreciate your kind remarks and thanks for sharing the article with your step-daughter!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 19, 2020:

Hello Bill, I can't tell you how many bread machines I've seen at the thrift store for a dirt cheap price. Now, there's no guarantee if all the cycles on the machines work but you can usually tell if the machine is new or well-used by the condition of the bread paddle. BTW, my first bread machine "several" years ago was a Christmas gift from the hubby. I wore that one out!

I hope you are both well, too. We're doing the recovery thing after Jim's 3rd knee surgery - nope, same knee. Hoping this time's the charm.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

I really do have to get a bread machine. Maybe someone will buy me one for Christmas. I've tried making breads by scratch and I fail miserably. lol Now you mention pizza dough and it's just one more reason for me to go high-tech!

Thanks for the tip. I hope this finds you well, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 19, 2020:

Using the bread machine for pizza dough is a great idea. This is a very good article. Your instructions and pictures really give us a perfect way to make an excellent pizza.

Unfortunately, I gave my bread machine to my step-daughter, so I will forward your article to her, Peg. Thanks for the instructions.