How to Shape Pizza Dough

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You know how very much we love to have pizza ’round there here parts. It’s a regular part of the week.

When I was a girl, the family favorite pizza parlor was ChiChi’s Pizza. If you know the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, you know what I’m talking about. Our ChiChi’s had a viewing window where the pizza man would toss freshly made dough into amazingly round pizzas. I loved to watch them work.

My pizza making is not quite as dexterous. But, so many of you have asked for a pizza vlog, so here it is!

In the video I demonstrate how to make individual pizzas. If you’re new to pizza making, this is the size I recommend. Not only can each diner add what he wants on top, but you’ll have better control over the dough. If you struggle with the center of a larger pizza not getting cooked enough, this will help.

My regular dough recipe makes enough for 8 individual size pizzas.

I am, by no means, a pizza tossing expert. But this method works well for me.

How do YOU form pizza dough?

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  1. Michelle K says

    My family and I ate at Chi Chi’s in Santa Clarita last month for my nephew’s birthday. I grew up in Simi Valley and we have one there too! Delish!

  2. Stephenie says

    Awesome! Your pizza dough recipe has become our family’s favorite. We have it every Friday night. I was having trouble, though, with the pizzas being either too thick or too thin, so I might try the individual pizzas tonight and see how that works. Thank you so much!

  3. Love your vlog, it’s so nice to see someone else hand-stretch it and thinking it’s easier! I definitely agree with you on that. When it does spring back though, I heard somewhere to just let it have a rest for about 5 minutes. By the time you get back to it, it’s more easily shaped. Kind of like our kids 😉

  4. Since we haven’t been doing individual size, we usually do a rolling pin with a little hand shaping. With doing whole wheat, it sometimes is not quite stretchy enough to do it purely by hand. We’ll have to try the individual ones sometime soon. I think the kids would enjoy that.

  5. I have only done pizza dough once, and it was a bit, well, disastrous is probably the right word? I’m SO coming to your house for dinner, FishMama. You are SO GOOD! How DOES SHE DO IT?????

  6. Kristi says

    Wow, you make it look so easy! We just had pizza tonight with your dough recipe. I shaped it in a cookie sheet by flouring my hands a bit and pressing and stretching it almost to the edges. I like to pre-bake the crust for about 5 minutes to make sure the middle gets done.

  7. Funny, I just made pizza last night. The trick for me is to only heat the water for a minute in the microwave. It rises better, and rolls out better. I use a rolling pin to roll mine out, plus a little hand shaping/stretching.

  8. I hand stretch mine as well, but not usually in the air. I just push it into a round with my palm. If it springs back too much, I just let it rest a couple minutes then do it again and that works for me.

  9. We love to make pizza. I like to let mine rest before forming it. Using my fingers and then a rolling pin works for me. It gets tough if it is worked too much. We just grilled pizza yesterday. You can check it out at:

  10. Thanks for the vlog! When making a large pizza, do you use the same technique?

  11. I’ll have to try your dough, here’s my FAVORITE sauce recipe. It’s super easy to fix and then save any you might have leftover in a jar in the fridge…

  12. This was just the tip I needed today. Love the vlog & can’t wait to try this technique tonight when I make our Friday night pizza.

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