Pizza is probably on everyone’s list of favourite food. And if you have a bread machine sitting on your bench, it should be easy to make one from scratch any time. So, skip the delivery or the frozen pizza aisle. Read on to know how to prep and cook a bread maker pizza dough and learn other yummy things you can do with it!
Easy Bread Maker Pizza Dough Recipe
Homemade pizza dough is easy to do with the best kitchen tool: your hands! But when you want to make one fast or prep a big batch, you can always rely on an electric bread maker. It can do the kneading for you while you prep the delicious toppings, too. You can check on my best bread maker reviews and buying guide if you’re thinking of getting one.
One thing to remember, though, is that every bread machine is different. So, make sure to read your instruction manual first, particularly on how to add ingredients and operate its pizza dough setting. Also, use a scale for measuring pizza dough ingredients if possible. You will get more consistent results that way. Now, it’s time to try this easy pizza dough recipe!
- 250ml water
- 15ml (1 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
- 6g (2 tsp) salt
- 15g (1 tbsp) sugar
- 500g bread flour
- 15g (1 tbsp) active dry yeast
- Pizza topping of your choice: tomato paste, herbs, mushrooms, olives, salami, ham and cheese
Prep and Shaping Procedure
- Measure your pizza dough ingredients, and put them into the bread tin in the order listed in the recipe. Wipe away any spills from the bread pan exterior.
- Position the bread pan into the machine, then close the lid.
- Following your product manual, select the pizza or dough cycle setting, then press start to mix.
- Check your dough and press pause if needed to scrape any dry flour into your dough ball.
- After the cycle, remove the bread pan from the machine and transfer your pizza dough into a lightly floured surface or board. Knead the dough for 1 minute, forming it into a ball shape.
- Use a bench scraper or knife to divide the dough into two portions.
- Flatten each into a 25 to 30cm circle using a rolling pin.
Note: You can always divide the dough into smaller portions (for mini pizzas) or roll it more (for a thin pizza crust). If you want a thicker pizza, cover the rolled-out dough with a clean kitchen towel. Then allow it to rise in a warm place for 5 to 15 minutes before putting your toppings.
- Preheat your oven to 200C, then line your baking tray with parchment paper.
- Spread and sprinkle your toppings on your bread maker pizza dough. If you are putting fresh ingredients like green bell pepper or onion, make sure to slice them thinly. For raw meat, cook them first on the stovetop.
- Pop your pizza into the preheated oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the base is cooked through.
If you want to save the extra dough ball for later (or you made the recipe in advance), store your portioned dough in the fridge or freezer.
- Wrap each in plastic wrap, then put it in an airtight container or resealable bag (press the air out before sealing). Chilled bread machine pizza dough will keep up to 2 weeks, while frozen one is good up to 3 months.
- To use, put the unwrapped chilled dough in a floured mixing bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel, then allow it to come to room temperature. It should take about 30 minutes or less, depending on its size. Once warmed, roll it out, add your toppings and bake as usual.
- For frozen homemade pizza dough, thaw it out overnight in the fridge, then follow the same procedure in step 2.
Bread Maker Pizza Dough Cooking Tips
Do you want to make restaurant-style pizzas at home? Try one of these tips to Improve your pizza-making experience and impress your family on your next pizza night:
- For a faster clean-up: Line your baking tray with parchment paper to avoid sticking. Some, however, still prefer to grease the pan then dust with cornmeal.
- For an IG-worthy pizza slice: Let your baked pizza cool on a wire rack first for about 5 minutes. The cheese and sauce should thicken up a bit, making your pizza less messy to slice.
- For a tasty, golden-brown pizza edge: After putting your toppings, brush your pizza’s outer lip with extra virgin olive oil, then sprinkle some garlic powder. You can also use garlic-infused olive oil. Now, there’ll be no more bland pizza edges left behind!
- For a pizzeria-like crust: Cook your pizza on a preheated surface. It can be a pizza stone, steel plate, heavy-duty baking sheet or upside-down cast iron. Using one of these will instantly cook the bottom and cause a quick dough rise. The result is a slightly chewy pizza that’s light and tender on the inside.
- For a crispy pizza crust: Bake your rolled-out dough for about 5 to 8 minutes sans the toppings. Let it cool slightly before adding your toppings and baking as usual. You can also par-bake your extra dough before wrapping and freezing it. Another tip is to avoid getting carried away with the toppings. Distribute them evenly to give everyone a chance to get fully cooked and protect the crust from getting soggy.
- For a flavourful pizza: Experiment, experiment, experiment! Swap the usual tomato paste with pesto, Alfredo or BBQ sauce. Or mix your grated mozzarella cheese with a sharp-flavoured option like parmesan, feta, brie or cheddar.
Things to Make with Bread Maker Pizza Dough
Your bread machine pizza dough is super versatile. All you need is to think out of the pizza box! Here are some tasty ideas you can try.
Slice your rolled-out dough into 2.5cm-wide strips. Pierce the skewer through one end of the dough. Next, load the skewer with delicious vegetables and meat. Finally, wrap the dough strip around in a spiral manner, then bake until cooked. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!
Herbed Cheese Bread Sticks
Roll out your bread machine pizza dough into a rectangle. Mix melted butter with some garlic and Italian seasoning, then brush it onto your dough. Next, sprinkle the top with loads of your favourite cheese and bake until crisp. Cool it a bit before cutting it into strips.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle. On one side (lengthwise), load it with layers of deli, vegetables and cheese. Fold the plain side over your filling and seal the edges. Bake for about 30 minutes, then serve with pizza sauce. Another variation is the calzone only this one usually has ground beef or sausage for a filling. Stromboli is like a sealed meat sandwich, whereas calzone is like a pizza version of a hand pie.
Do you know how to make cinnamon rolls from scratch? Then the procedure for this pizza variation is pretty much the same, but you’ll be using pasta sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella as filling instead. You can bake your sliced dough rolls on a baking tray, or for a pull-apart creation, bake them in a greased round tin or cast-iron skillet.
Pizza Muffin Cups
Roll out your dough into a rectangle, then slice it into mini squares. Lay and press the dough squares onto a lightly greased muffin tin. Next, fill each cup with a mix of beaten eggs, milk, garlic, salt and black pepper. Lastly, add pieces of bacon and grated cheese, then bake. Now, who says you can’t have pizza for breakfast?
After making your bread maker pizza dough, make sure to clean up your machine. Here’s my step-by-step cleaning guide and tips to help you out.