Stretching Pizza Dough

This tutorial we are going to teach you everything you need to know about stretching pizza dough.  If you need a recipe for pizza dough I suggest you take a look at my dough recipe here.  If you have your own recipe and need help balling up your dough I have a video tutorial for that also.  Okay, let’s get started.

The first step in stretching pizza dough is dust your dough ball with some flour.  The easiest way to do it is dip your dough ball into a bin of flour.  When you are dusting your dough, keep track of the top and bottom of your dough.  The smooth side is the top, the flattened side is the bottom.

Next we are going to flatten out your dough.  keeping the flat side down and the smooth side up. I use my knuckles but you can use a rolling pin if that works better for you.  When your dough is flattened we are going to flip your dough over, so now the top of the dough (smooth side) is the side contacting the table you are working on.

We are now ready to make the crust.  Spinning clockwise, use your right hand to move the dough and your left hand to guide the dough are around in a circle (see the video at the top of the page).  Keep your fingers together and use the palm and pinky on your right hand to dig into the dough and start shaping the crust.  Use your left palm and pinky to smooth out your crust.  Once you have a nice crust dug out then you’re ready to stretch your pizza dough.  From here on out the top of your pizza dough faces up and the bottom faces down.

Pick up your dough and hang it on the back of your fists (see video).  Keep your fists about shoulder width apart.  Move your fists away from each other about two inches.  Toss your pizza dough up and over to your right and catch it on the back of your fists again.  Reset your fist to shoulder width again and stretch it another two inches.  Hey, you’re officially a pizza maker! Congrats!

Continue stretching your pizza dough until your dough is the same size as your pizza screen.  Lay your dough on the pizza screen, the side that your hands are touching is the bottom of the pizza.  The other side is where we are going to add your toppings.

I hope this helped you in your stretching pizza dough endeavour.  You can contact me if you have any questions or comments.

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