Yes, you can use your Instant Pot to proof your homemade pizza dough!
Friday night pizza night will never be the same, thanks to Instant Pot pizza dough!
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Every Friday night in our home is pizza and movie night. We make homemade pizza and settle in on the couch for a movie.
It’s such a fun family tradition, and it’s a great way to incorporate theme nights for dinner!
I have also “baked” a loaf of no-knead bread Instant Pot bread!
So it only seems reasonable to also share a recipe for Instant Pot pizza dough! You can use it to make traditional pizzas, or enjoy a blast from the past with rectangle slices of homemade school cafeteria pizza!
How to Proof Pizza Dough in the Instant Pot
Sometimes I think people are deterred from making homemade pizza dough because they think it will take a lot of time, and that the dough will need to rise for a couple of hours.
But actually, you can use your Instant Pot to speed up the rising process for your pizza dough!
The trick is to use the Yogurt setting of your Instant Pot. It’s already programmed to be the perfect temperature for culturing the bacteria in yogurt–warm enough, but not too hot.
It also works well for allowing yeast to metabolize sugar and produce carbon dioxide, which is what causes the dough to rise.
How to Make Instant Pot Pizza Dough
It’s really easy to put your Instant Pot to work here!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Sauce and toppings of choice
How to Make It:
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Activate the yeast. In a medium-large mixing bowl, combine warm water, yeast, salt, sugar, and oil. Allow the yeast to dissolve and just begin to foam, about 2-5 minutes.
Stir in the flour. Next, you’ll add in the flour, stirring to create the dough.
Knead. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. You can do this by hand, or you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you have one.
Rise. Spray the insert pot of your Instant Pot with cooking spray or wipe it with oil. Transfer the ball of dough to the insert pot and turn it to coat it with oil (you can also give it a spritz with your cooking spray).
Use the Yogurt setting to let the dough rise for an hour.
Roll and top. Now the dough is ready to be punched down and rolled out and placed onto a pizza pan or stone!
Or you can also divide the dough and press it into greased cake pans or small cast iron skillets to make personal pan pizzas (this is what we almost always do!).
Bake. Top as desired and bake at 500F for about 10-12 minutes.
Can I Make Pizza Dough Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for 2-3 days. I recommend covering the surface of the dough with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out.
When you’re ready to use it, let it warm up to room temperature. Set it out for at least an hour before you need it.
If you prefer to freeze the pizza dough, you can wrap it with plastic wrap and freeze.
When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw the dough to room temperature first.
Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour in this Pizza Dough?
Yes, you can use whole wheat flour (or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat) if you prefer.
You will likely need to add a little more water, because whole wheat flour tends to absorb more water.
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- In a medium-large mixing bowl (or int he bowl of a stand mixer), stir together warm water, yeast, sugar, salt, and oil. Let sit for a couple of minutes while the yeast starts to soften.
- Stir in the flour, mixing to combine.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes (you can also use the dough hook attachment on a stand mixer to do this).
- Grease the insert pot of the Instant Pot. Transfer the ball of dough to the insert pot and turn to coat with oil.
- Close the lid and turn on the yogurt function. Let the dough rise for 1 hour.
- Remove the dough from the insert pot and roll out onto a pizza pan or divide and press into greased cake pans or small cast iron skillets to create personal pan pizzas.
- Top the dough as desired and bake in a preheated 500F oven for about 10-12 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 294mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
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