How long can you let pizza dough rise?

Making your own pizza at home and not sure how long you can let the dough rise? Learn the best times for resting it at room temperature or in the fridge. Find out how far ahead you can make pizza dough, plus get lots of great ideas with pizza dough that aren't just pizza!

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How long can you let pizza dough rise?

Pizza dough is so easy to make at home, it only takes 15 minutes and then the rest of the time is spent letting it rise and double in size. But sometimes life gets in the way and you have to let the dough rest for longer than you anticipated, how long is too long?

How long to rest pizza dough at room temperature

Depending on the temperature of your home, the dough will take 30 minutes to 1 hour to double in size. Once doubled in size, it's best to cook your pizzas or place the dough in the fridge to slow down the process. If you let the pizza dough rest for too long, 

How long to rest pizza dough in the fridge

Once you've made your pizza dough, you can place it in the fridge and let it rise overnight for up to 24 hours. Take it out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before you intend on using it to let it come to room temperature. This way, you can make your pizza dough the day before. This is great for entertaining.

What happens if you let pizza dough rise for too long

Pizza dough that has been left to rise for too long, or has been over-proofed, can potentially collapse. The gluten becomes overly relaxed, and the end product will be gummy or crumbly instead of crisp and fluffy. It can also effect the taste, because the sugars in the dough have been consumed by the yeast it can have a sour or off taste.

Pizza dough recipes

Now you know how long to let pizza dough rise, get cooking with these recipes! From classic pizzas to monkey bread and scrolls, there's something for every occasion.

 GET THE RECIPE: Basic Pizza Dough

Get step-by-step instructions for making pizza dough. This recipe is ideal for more than just pizza, you can use it to make scrolls, monkey bread, calzones and more.

GET THE RECIPE: Cheesy Monkey Bread

Roll up your pizza dough into balls and top with cheese and other toppings to make this bite sized snack or starter. It's a great finger food for entertaining.

GET THE RECIPE: Roasted Capsicum and Eggplant Scrolls

Refresh your lunchbox with these pizza scrolls made with homemade pizza dough. They're freezable and portable, and kids can't get enough either.

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