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How to Roll Out Pizza Dough

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Learn how to roll out or stretch pizza dough. With these instructions and pro tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious and perfect pizza crust every time!

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Do you love pizza? Who doesn’t, right? It’s one of America’s favorite foods. And, it’s pretty easy to make at home.

The only tricky part is rolling out the pizza dough. If you’ve never done it before, or if you’re looking for some tips on how to get the best results, read on!

preparing pizza.

Why Rolling Pizza Dough is Important

Rolling out or stretching the dough properly is essential for a great pizza. Because, if your dough is not the right size and shape, it won’t bake correctly.

So, we are here to help you with this easy tutorial and pro tips on how to roll and stretch the dough correctly. This way, you can have a delicious and perfectly cooked pizza.

Pizza Crust prep on a parchment paper.

How to Roll Out or Stretch Pizza Dough

  1. Warm the pizza dough.

Before you start rolling out the pizza dough, it’s important to make sure that it’s warm enough. Working with warm dough makes it much more malleable and easier to roll out.

Cold dough is hard to work with, so you should let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before proceeding.

pizza dough in a bowl.
  1. Dust the countertop and dough with flour.

Prepare your work surface by dusting it with a little flour. This will help keep the dough from sticking to the surface. A lightly floured surface will also help the rolling pin grip the dough.

Now lightly dust the top of the dough with flour as well. This will prevent any sticking between the rolling pin and the dough.

dusting a counter surface with flour.
  1. Gently roll out the pizza dough.

Place the dough ball on the floured surface and press down lightly with your hands to create a flat disk.

Start using the rolling pin in the middle of the dough. Roll it outwards. Apply pressure evenly as you go. After each roll, turn the dough a quarter turn to make sure it is being rolled out evenly.

Keep rolling the dough out until it is about 1/4-inch thick. If it starts to stick to the rolling pin, sprinkle a little flour over it.

Rolling out pizza dough with a rolling pin.
  1. Transfer the dough to a pan.

Once the dough is rolled out, carefully pick it up and put it on a pizza pan or baking sheet.

If you want a raised edge on your pizza, you can fold the edges of the dough over and press down gently to create a rim.

Stretching pizza dough on floured surface.

Pro Tips For Stretching and Rolling Pizza Dough

  1. Use a light hand when flouring the surface and rolling pin.
    Too much flour can make the dough dry, and your kitchen will become dusty.
  2. Don’t overwork the dough.
    Rolling the dough too much will make it tough and hard to handle.
  3. If the edges of the dough start to tear, pinch them back together gently.
  4. For a thicker crust, roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Take your time when you are stretching the dough.
    Do not try to rush the process. If you go too fast, the dough might become too thin or have bumps.
  6. Perfection is not necessary!
    Do not worry about your pizza dough not being perfect. If it is not a perfect circle or has a few imperfections, that is okay. These imperfections will make your pizza look more homemade and rustic, which some people might like.
tasty and cheesy pizza.

Other Pizza Recipes To Love

a fire grilled pizza on a wooden serving tray with a sprig of basil over a red, white, and blue napkin

Pizza Fridays

My family and I have a tradition of Pizza Fridays. We love to make fire grilled pizza from scratch, using freshly made dough, homemade sauce, and plenty of delicious toppings. It’s become a real highlight of our week!

My husband is particularly passionate about the process of making pizza and loves to use his Ooni Koda pizza oven whenever he can.

No matter how you choose to cook your pizza, it all starts with rolling out the dough. We hope the tips you now have will be helpful on your next pizza night!


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