Hungry mouths, rejoice! I am excited to share with you today my personal herbed pizza dough recipe that promises to give your taste buds a flavorful experience they will never forget. This particular recipe here is perfect for all occasions, may it be a lazy Sunday afternoon, a cozy dinner party or just about any time you’re in the mood for delicious pizza.
This herbed pizza dough recipe includes all the natural savory flavors of herbs such as rosemary, basil and garlic that will transport you straight to the heart of Italy with every bite. The delicate balance of these herbs provides an unmatched taste and aroma that will leave everyone wanting more.
Plus, this recipe is versatile, allowing for plenty of room to play around and make it your own by combining different toppings to suit your preferences. Whatever toppings you choose, be assured that this herb-infused crust will complement them perfectly.
So grab your apron, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started on making this delectable homemade herbed pizza dough!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a pizza lover like me, then this herbed pizza dough recipe is a must-try. I guarantee that this recipe will make your taste buds dance with joy! This homemade herbed pizza dough is packed with the goodness of rosemary, basil and parmesan cheese, and it’s perfect for pizza, calzones, or even breadsticks.
Firstly, this recipe is quick and easy to make, which means you can enjoy fresh, homemade pizza at any time without having to leave your home. The dough comes together in just 4 simple steps with basic pantry ingredients such as fast-rising yeast, warm water, all-purpose flour, olive oil, salt and brown sugar.
Secondly, adding herbs to the dough elevates the flavor of the pizza crust and makes it more fragrant. The garlic herb version of the dough is perfect for those who love bold flavors. The combination of garlic powder, dried basil and Italian herb seasoning creates an explosion of flavor in every bite.
Thirdly, you can customize this herbed pizza dough recipe to suit your dietary needs. It can easily be made vegan by using vegan cheese and opting for garlic herb pizza instead of cheesy herb. Additionally, if you are gluten-free, you can use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour.
Lastly, this herbed pizza dough is incredibly versatile. Not only can it be used to make regular pizzas but also stuffed pizzas, calzones or breadsticks. With this recipe in your arsenal, you will never have to go out for mediocre store-bought pizzas again.
In conclusion, whether you’re making dinner for busy weeknights or hosting a weekend get-together with friends and family – this herbed pizza dough recipe is guaranteed to impress everyone!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this herbed pizza dough recipe:
- 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp (12g) Brown sugar
- 2 tsp (8g) Fast rising yeast
- 1 tsp (5g) salt
- 1 tsp (3g) dried basil
- 1 tsp (3g) Italian herb seasoning
- 1 cup (240ml) warm water (between 110°F-120°F /43°C–49°C)
- 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
- 2 tbsp (6g) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp (6g) fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Cheese for topping option:
- Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top of the pizza.
The Recipe How-To
Step One: Mixing the Dough
Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of fast-rising yeast, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tsp of dried basil, 1 tsp of Italian seasoning and 1 tsp of salt. Mix well.
In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine 1 cup of warm water (120 degrees F), and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture while stirring with a fork or whisk.
Knead the Dough and Apply Herbs
Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes. Then sprinkle chopped rosemary and basil leaves over the dough and knead it in, adding more flour if needed so that the dough is not sticky.
Or Trader Joe’s Garlic Herb Pizza Dough: You can also use Trader Joe’s garlic herb pizza dough if you don’t have time to make your own herb pizza crust.
Let the Dough Rise
Next, place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm area for about 10-15 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
Roll Out the Dough
Once it has risen, punch the dough down then roll it out into your desired shape and thickness on a lightly floured surface.
You can also make individual pizzas by dividing the dough into smaller pieces (~4-6) and rolling them out one at a time.
Apply Toppings and Bake
Now toppings can be added depending on your preference such as red marinara sauce or vegan garlic herb sauce on top of this herbed pizza crust recipe.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or directly on a well-greased cookie sheet.
For gluten-free option: Use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour to make this pizza dough gluten-free.
Enjoy your cheesy herb or herb cheese pizza with friends and family!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking to put a spin on your herbed pizza dough recipe? Fear not, for there are endless possibilities when it comes to substitutions and variations to this delicious recipe.
Firstly, if parmesan cheese is not available or if you prefer dairy-free options, you can substitute it with vegan cheese. Trader Joe’s garlic herb alternative is a popular option that will give your pizza an extra kick of flavor.
When it comes to herbs, feel free to experiment with different combinations based on your taste preferences. You can try using some dried oregano or thyme in addition to the rosemary and basil, or substitute them entirely. You can also consider swapping the garlic herb mix for some fresh chopped garlic, or mixing in some garlic powder for an extra boost of flavor.
If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, look for flour alternatives like almond flour, rice flour or coconut flour. These will lend a slightly nuttier flavor to your crust but will still provide the necessary texture.
Finally, let’s talk about toppings. While herb-crusted pizza can be delicious all on its own, why not experiment with some additional toppings? Try adding some roasted vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms, red onions or black olives. For meat-eaters, shredded chicken or slices of cooked sausage make a great addition as well.
In summary, the versatility of the herbed pizza dough recipe means that there are infinite possibilities for substitutions and variations to suit all tastes and dietary requirements.
Serving and Pairing
Now that you’ve made the perfect herb pizza crust, it’s time to turn it into a delicious pizza! This dough is quite versatile, so feel free to get creative with your toppings. Personally, I love to top my herb pizza with freshly grated parmesan cheese, garlic-infused olive oil, and an assortment of fresh herbs such as rosemary and basil.
If you’re looking for a classic topping combination, try making an Italian herb pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasoning. If you want something bolder, go for a cheesy herb pizza with garlic powder and plenty of herbs.
When it comes to pairing your herb pizza with drinks, there are plenty of options. For a classic pairing, stick with a red wine like Chianti or Sangiovese. If you prefer beer, opt for a Belgian or amber ale. If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic, a glass of iced tea or lemonade pairs well with the herb flavors.
Finally, don’t be afraid to pair your herbed pizza with other dishes! Salad is a classic side dish choice, but roasted vegetables or garlic bread also make great additions. Whatever you choose to serve alongside your herb pizza, make sure to savor each bite and enjoy the flavorful explosion in your mouth!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Once you’ve prepared this delicious herbed pizza dough recipe, you may be wondering how to preserve its freshness and flavors for later enjoyment. Fortunately, you have some options to ensure that your prep process remains efficient and simple.
If you’re planning to bake your pizza the same day you prepare the dough, it’s best to let it rise for about 30 minutes to an hour before shaping it into a crust. If however, you want to make the herb pizza crust ahead of time, place it in a greased storage container or plastic bag and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. This is a good option if you are expecting guests and want the dinner making experience quick and easy.
To freeze the herbed pizza dough completely, roll it into a ball and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Keep in mind that this should be done before the rising process so that when ready to use, you can allow the dough to defrost at room temperature for about two hours before rolling out into thin crusts.
After baking your pizza according to your liking, perhaps simply with just herb cheese or one of your favorite toppings like trader joe’s garlic herb and cheese pizza or vegan garlic herb pizza with fresh herbs as toppings, store leftover slices in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. For later reheating, preheat oven at 350 degrees F then place leftover slices on a cookie sheet and bake until cheese becomes gooey enough.
By following these tips for making ahead, storing and reheating this hearty herbed pizza dough recipe, you can enjoy the delicious tastes of this herb pizza anytime you want with great ease!
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you know how to make a herbed pizza dough, let me share with you some tips to help you achieve perfect results every time.
First, ensure that your yeast is fresh and active. Old or expired yeast can produce a dense and flavorless pizza crust. To test its freshness, mix sugar, warm water, and yeast, then wait for it to foam. If it doesn’t foam after 5-10 minutes, your yeast is no good.
Secondly, use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. Bread flour has more gluten than all-purpose flour which provides structure and chewiness to the dough.
Thirdly, knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. Kneading the dough helps develop gluten and releases carbon dioxide allowing the dough to rise properly.
Fourthly, let the dough rise in a warm and draft-free place for at least an hour or until it doubles in size. A draft-free spot ensures that the dough won’t cool down while rising.
Fifthly, use fresh herbs whenever possible. Fresh herbs are more flavorful than their dried counterparts.
Sixthly, keep your toppings light. Overloading your pizza with too many toppings can make it heavy and soggy resulting in a less crispy crust.
Seventhly, preheat your oven and place a pizza stone or cookie sheet in it at 450°F for 30 minutes before baking your pizza. A preheated stone or sheet will ensure that your pizza crust bakes evenly.
Lastly, don’t open your oven repeatedly while baking the pizza as the heat escapes each time you do so. This causes fluctuations in temperature affecting the pizza’s quality.
Follow these tips for perfect results every time you bake herb pizza crusts!
As a culinary explorer, I understand that sometimes things may go awry in the kitchen, and it’s not always clear what went wrong. That’s why I’ve included this FAQ section in this recipe article to provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about making herbed pizza dough. From what herbs to use, to advice on substitutions and variations, you’ll find practical solutions to help you navigate any potential hurdles and achieve perfect results every time. So, read on and get ready to elevate your pizza game!
What herbs go best on pizza?
When preparing homemade pizzas with your loved ones, it’s not uncommon to come across recipes that use a blend of herbs and spices known as ‘Italian herbs’ or ‘Italian seasoning’. This mixture usually includes dried basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, chilli flakes, and garlic powder. These herbs provide a wonderful depth of flavor to your homemade pizza.
Can you put herbs in dough?
For the breadcrumbs recipe, it is recommended to incorporate the herbs during the mixing and kneading phase. This allows for the herbs to permeate the bread dough with its flavor while the dough undergoes the rising process. As bread baking is all about timing, having the herbs in the dough throughout the rise will create a pleasant and robust herb-infused bread.
What herbs to add to pizza base?
One of the delightful aspects of cooking is incorporating fresh herbs into your recipes, and I particularly enjoy including them in pizza dough. For this simple dough, I used a combination of oregano, basil, and parsley, but feel free to try your own preferred blend of herbs. Additionally, rosemary is a fantastic choice, while I believe sage would also be a suitable option. This article will provide you with detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations for creating a homemade pizza dough infused with a variety of herbs.
What is the secret to making good pizza dough?
According to Falco, a renowned culinary expert, the key ingredient to make great pizza dough is not kneading or throwing, but rather water. In fact, homemade pizza dough should be composed of 50 percent water. This is because pizza cooked in a home oven requires a longer cooking time, making the dough more hydrated.
As I conclude this recipe article on herbed pizza dough, I hope you’re now convinced that making homemade pizza dough is worth the effort. Not only is it more affordable than store-bought crusts, but it also allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking.
By using the suggested ingredient list and carefully following the step-by-step instructions, you can easily whip up a batch of fragrant and delicious herbed pizza dough that will take your DIY pizza game to the next level. Experiment with different toppings and cheeses, get creative with your herb blends, and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something from scratch.
Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe for herbed pizza dough is sure to impress. Remember to share your creations with friends and family, and don’t be afraid to put your own spin on this classic dish – who knows what amazing combinations you might come up with!
So go ahead, pick up some flour, yeast, herbs, and whatever other ingredients strike your fancy – let’s get creative in the kitchen together! Bon appétit!
Herbed Pizza Dough Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (herbed, use a good quality EVOO)
- 1 teaspoon fast rising yeast (bread machine yeast also works here)
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese, finely grated
- Preheat your oven to roughly 150 degrees. Just enough to make it warm enough to cause the dough to rise well. Then turn your oven off as soon as it heats up.
- Add all the above ingredients in the order above into your stand mixing bowl. Mix using a dough hook until it forms a ball. Place it in an oiled bowl and cover with a cloth. Place in the warm oven for about 30 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.
- When dough has doubled, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll out the dough in desired shape. You may need to flour your surface and rolling pin to prevent sticking. I usually just sprinkle my baking sheet (or stone) with corn meal and garlic salt and just press out my dough.
- Add your favorite toppings and bake for approximately 15-18 minutes depending on the size of pizza you're making. Should just be bubbly.
- Enjoy with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Mishra Vikas is a digital nomad who loves to explore the world and learn about its cultures. As a programmer, backpacker, and cook, he enjoys sharing his adventures and cooking up delectable dishes. Writing about his experiences, creating tasty recipes, and discovering new places are some of his favorite activities. He’s an avid traveler and passionate chef, always on the lookout for an exciting new journey.