The best pizza dough recipe! I've been using this one for 20 years and make all sorts of pizza items with it

Pizza Dough

1 pkg. (2 1/4 t) dry active yeast
1 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1/4 c dry powdered milk
1 1/3 c warm water

Put into the bowl of a mixer or mix by hand, blend briefly. Wait 2 minutes for the yeast to start to foam.


2 T oil of choice (olive, canola, etc)
4 c flour

Knead in a Kitchen Aid style (heavy duty) mixer 5 minutes or knead 10 minutes by hand. Let rest 10 minutes.  (Add a little more flour if your dough is really wet and sticky or add a bit more oil if it's too dry.)

Depending on the thickness of the pizza you like - but this generally will make 3 pizzas. Roll out either on parchment, press in a pizza pan, make stuffed crust, pizza bites, garlic breadsticks... whatever you wish.  I've baked them immediately and I've also let them raise up to 1 1/2 hours before baking.  You can top them with whatever you wish - and top either before or after letting it raise. It's just a very easy, versatile dough.  Bake at 420 approximately 16-25 minutes depending the size of your pan and how many toppings you have on it. Bake until golden brown.


I've posted my pizza recipes on An American Housewife before - numerous times, which you can search for using the labels in the right sidebar or the search engine.  But quickly, here is an idea for the chicken, bacon and ranch version you see on this post. 

Amounts are relative, and use or don't use ingredients as you like.  Don't like tomatoes?  Don't use them.

1  c ranch dressing
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c chicken, cooked and diced
1/2 medium onion, chopped or sliced
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (or use store bought REAL bacon pieces, like hormel)
1 tomato, sliced or diced
2 c cheese, a mixture of provolone and mozzarella is nice

I use homemade ranch dressing but obviously store bought is fine.  I like to make this when I have a little bit of leftover chicken but not enough to do anything with really.  I used green onions and no tomatoes on the pizza you see in the top photo of this post.

You can dice your bacon up before cooking, or cook and crumble it.  You can also use the store bought "real" bacon pieces.  We always keep a container of bacon grease handy to cook with so if I don't want to take the time to cook bacon strips, I just heat a little bacon grease in a pan, add some Real Hormel bacon pieces and briefly heat/fry them in the pan to use on the pizza.

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