Make the Perfect Bread-Maker Dough for Pizzas, Calzones, or Stromboli

Updated on June 8, 2017
An easy bread-maker pizza dough recipe that can be used for pizza, personal calzones, and stromboli. Soft and chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside! Will make your house smell like a pizzeria!
An easy bread-maker pizza dough recipe that can be used for pizza, personal calzones, and stromboli. Soft and chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside! Will make your house smell like a pizzeria! | Source

Yum... Pizza!

Pizza is a staple in our house. We have it once a week, usually on Friday or Saturday. In this article, I share our favorite bread-maker pizza dough recipe, tips for the best pizza, and how to transform your dough into a pizza, calzone, or stromboli. Bon appetit!

Make the Dough

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Bread-Maker Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry milk, (or dry buttermilk)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast

Dough Instructions

  1. Add ingredients into your bread maker's bucket in the order recommended by the manufacturer (mine is wet, dry, and a little well for the yeast).
  2. Set the bread maker on the dough setting (this takes 1 1/2 hours). Leave it and forget it... for a little while anyway!

Pizza Dough Fresh Out of the Bread Maker

Lovely bread-maker pizza dough ready to be shaped.
Lovely bread-maker pizza dough ready to be shaped. | Source

Tools to Simplify Your Pizza-Making Experience

I have found great success by using a bread maker and pizza stone. These are my recommendations.

  1. Bread Maker: Just set it and forget it! A bread maker is very convenient for making pizza dough. Simply put the ingredients in the bucket in the order listed by the manufacturer and an hour and a half later... voila! Pizza dough! The Sunbeam 2-Pound Programmable Bread Maker is great for the money. I purchased mine on sale for half-price and it has worked well for 5 years! I mainly use mine for making pizza dough each week.
  2. Pizza Stone: This is the secret to making your crust crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside is a pizza stone. A pizza stone does not need to be greased. As you use it, it develops a seasoning over time that makes the surface act as a non-stick surface. You do not use soap to clean it, as soap removes the seasoning. Instead, use a scraper and a wet washcloth. No soap needed! It takes some time to get used to a pizza stone. Test temperatures and times until you find what works best. It retains heat, so the pizza continues to bake and stay warm even after it comes out of the oven. If you have not used a pizza stone, try it!

Make a Pizza

Transform Your Dough Into a Pizza Pie

Soft and chewy bread-maker pizza dough easily transforms into pizza in just 15 minutes.
Soft and chewy bread-maker pizza dough easily transforms into pizza in just 15 minutes. | Source

The Details

Total Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Dough: 1 1/2 hrs

Pizza Prep: 10 mins

Bake: 15 mins

Serves: 4 (2 slices each)

Thefedorows Tip: If you are not going to make the pizza right away, you can freeze the dough for a few days in an airtight container. Make sure to leave time for it to thaw overnight. Use right away after thawed; otherwise, it starts to ferment.

Pizza Instructions

  1. When the dough is done, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take the dough out of the bread machine bucket and put it onto a pizza stone. Then, use a rolling pin to create a circle. If you have extra cheese or pesto, sprinkle some around the edges to create a stuffed crust before going to the next step.
  2. Roll the edges in with your fingers and gently pinch them to the base of the crust. This creates a barrier for the sauce from sliding off the pizza.
  3. Brush the crust with olive oil. Then, sprinkle the top with garlic powder, oregano, and Parmesan cheese. This makes for a tasty crust. Mhmm!
  4. Spread your favorite sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and add your favorite toppings. If you add veggies, brush some olive oil on top of them. Bake in 425 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes (on a pizza stone). Enjoy!

Step One: Roll the Dough.

Step Two: Brush With Olive Oil and Add Sauce.

Step Three: Add Toppings and Bake.

Variations

Chicken Pesto Pizza: Cook diced chicken in Italian dressing, add 1/4-1/2 cup pesto, tomatoes brushed with olive oil and garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella.

Grilled Pizza: For another variation, place the dough on a grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Bring the dough inside, flip it over so the cooked side is on top. Top the grilled side with toppings, and then grill for another 5 minutes until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melted.

Homemade: It's Worth The Time

When I have been sick or we know we'll be out of town, I have been known to ask my husband to purchase a frozen pizza or two ahead of time. However, this is rare for us! Homemade pizza is worth the time in our home. Waiting for the dough to rise, creating the pie, and smelling it bake in the oven is part of the process of enjoying the meal. I know exactly what is in the the homemade version that I am eating because I made it!

While popping a frozen one into the oven might be easy, with a little planning, making homemade pizza can be easy too. Just start at least 2 hours before you want to eat (1 1/2 hours for the dough, 15 minutes prep, 15 minutes baking). Or, make it the night before, stick it in the fridge and bake when it's time for dinner!

Make a Calzone

Transform Your Dough Into Tasty Calzones

Try a new way to make pizza! Turn the dough into personal calzones.
Try a new way to make pizza! Turn the dough into personal calzones. | Source

While pizza is good all the time, sometimes it is nice to try it in a different form. A calzone is a folded pizza. Making them takes a bit more time than the traditional version (about 20 minutes more), but imagine the possibilities. An unexpected meal!

The Details

Total Time: 2 hours 15 mins

Dough: 1 1/2 hrs

Calzone Prep: 20 mins

Bake: 25 mins

Serves: 4 (1 calzone each)

Thefedorows Tip: The calzones can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge during the day until dinner time.

Calzone Instructions

  1. When the dough is done, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take the dough out of the bread machine bucket. Grease a large cookie sheet or sheet pan.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 balls. Use a rolling pin to create a circle. On half the circle, spread pesto (optional, but recommended). On the other half, spread some sauce, toppings, and cheese. Be careful to leave space around the fillings so you have room to fold the calzone.
  3. Carefully fold the calzone. Press the edges down to form a seal. Roll the sides up and into the dough to create the calzone pocket. Place onto the greased sheet.
  4. Repeat for each remaining calzone.
  5. Brush olive oil over the tops. Bake in 400 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Step One: Roll Out Dough and Add Toppings.

Roll your dough into a circle and add toppings, making sure that you leave room around the edges to close the calzone.
Roll your dough into a circle and add toppings, making sure that you leave room around the edges to close the calzone.

Step Two: Seal It.

Fold the dough over and pinch the sides together.
Fold the dough over and pinch the sides together.

Step Three: Roll Edge Up.

Roll the outside edge in and pinch together to seal the seam. You don't want your precious ingredients escaping.
Roll the outside edge in and pinch together to seal the seam. You don't want your precious ingredients escaping.

Step Four: Brush With Olive Oil and Bake at 400 Degrees for 25 Minutes.

Brush your dinner with olive oil, and bake them at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Brush your dinner with olive oil, and bake them at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Make Stromboli

Transform Your Dough Into Stromboli

Bread-maker pizza dough is easily transformed into stromboli.
Bread-maker pizza dough is easily transformed into stromboli. | Source

Stromboli is a type of turnover often filled with cheeses and meats. Making stromboli takes about the same time to make as a traditional pizza, but leave a little extra time for it to bake in the oven. Great finger-food for a party and a fun twist on a classic!

The Details

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Dough: 1 1/2 hrs

Stromboli Prep: 15 mins

Bake: 30 mins

Serves: 4-5 (2 slices of stromboli each)

Thefedorows Tip: As with pizza pie and calzones, stromboli can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge during the day until you want to bake it for dinner.

Stromboli Instructions

  1. When the dough is done, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take the dough out of the bread machine bucket. Grease a large cookie sheet or sheet pan.
  2. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle on the counter, about 12 x 16 inches.
  3. About one inch inside the edges, brush some olive oil to the edge, this will later help the dough to stick together when you roll it. Fill the middle of the rectangle with sauce, cheese, and your desired toppings. You can use any cheese and toppings you enjoy! Be careful to leave space around the filling so you have room to roll the stromboli.
  4. Beginning on one of the long sides, roll the dough tightly, as if rolling a cinnamon roll. Once you have formed a log, pinch the seam together. Then, tuck the sides under, and pinch that seam as well.
  5. Place the stromboli onto the greased sheet and gently roll it in the olive oil already on the pan.
  6. Bake in 400 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Using a serrated knife, gently cut into 8 slices and enjoy!

Step One: Roll the Dough Into a Rectangle.

Step Two: Add Toppings.

Step Three: Roll into a Log. Bake at 400 Degrees for 30 Minutes.

Roll tightly into a log.  Ready to go into the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Roll tightly into a log. Ready to go into the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Did You Try It?

If you tried making this delicious soft and chewy pizza dough, please let us know in the comments! Do you have another way to make pizza? Please share! We're always looking for new varieties. This tasty dinner is a weekly staple at our house on Friday nights, whether as a pie, calzone, or stromboli. But in any form, making the dough ahead in the bread maker is our not-so-secret!

Did You Know?

  • Pizza is considered a flat bread.
  • The word "pizza" originates from the Latin verb "pinsere," a verb meaning "to press."
  • Pizza became popular in the United States during the turn of the 20th century with Italian immigrants and continued growing in popularity after World War II from soldiers stationed in Italy.

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