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Homemade Pizza Dough

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I love making pizza at home. So fun! Usually I make my own crust too. Actually, it is not that hard as you think it is. Believe me. I took some step-by-step photos to show you how to make your own pizza dough from scratch.

The dough is made with all-purpose flour, instant dry yeast, sugar, salt, water and olive oil. Of course, you can add some garlic or herbs for extra flavor, if desired.

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I prefer instant dry yeast in all my pizza recipes of its convenience. It doesn’t need to be dissolved in warm water like active dry yeast and can be added with the other dry ingredients. Also, the dough made with instant dry yeast rises faster. A great option if you want to save some time.

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In the process of making this pizza dough I don’t use a bread machine or food processor. I make everything by hand. Easy, simple and fun. You want it mixed very well so don’t be afraid to use your hands!

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Kneading the dough is a pleasure… And it is a very good exercise for you. 🙂

Don’t stop kneading until you get a soft and elastic dough. Now shape it into a ball.

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Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil, then set the dough inside, turning to coat it all over with oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let it sit in a warm place for about 1 hour.

Suggestion to create warm environment: turn on the oven for a minute, then turn it off and place the dough in the oven to rise. I always use this method while working with yeasted dough.

After an hour or so the dough should have doubled in size.

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Punch it down to release the air.

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Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Honestly, I don’t have a pizza stone or a pizza pan. Usually, I turn the dough onto a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper and shape it into a round with my hands. Sometimes I use a rolling pin for that. Using a parchment paper, it is easier to transfer the pizza to the baking stone or sheet after you have assembled it.

This recipe is for one 12-13 inch pizza depending on the thickness of the crust. If you love a thick and chewy pizza crust, this recipe is for you!

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A final tip: always preheat the oven at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Remember, you need a VERY hot oven to make a great crust. 😉

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Homemade Pizza Dough
Homemade Pizza Dough
Author: Yummy Addiction
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water (105-115 F or 40-45 C)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine warm water with olive oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center, pour in water mixture and mix until all the flour has been incorporated and the mixture pulls together into a dough (If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour, if it's too dry, add more water, a little at a time).
  2. Place your dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands until it is smooth, elastic and springs back when pressed (about 7 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball and place in large greased bowl, rolling the dough around the bowl to coat with oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.
  3. Punch the dough down to release the air. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper and shape it into a 12-inch round. Now your pizza dough is ready for your favorite toppings!
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  • Reply
    Dorine Harris
    July 27, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I have a problem with using my hands for any kind of bread making. I have carpel tunnel and arthritis. Is there a way I can do this with a machine?

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      July 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      If you have a Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook, you can make this recipe in it. It would only take a very small amount of kneading, ( or for you, shaping ) before you put it in the oiled bowl to rise. I make homemade sour dough bread for communion each month and I start my doughs this way. I hope this helps.

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        August 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

        I have never made this dough with Kitchenaid mixer but I think it should work too. Thanks for the answer, Carol!

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      September 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      This is my go to recipe for pizza dough now. We love making homemade pizza and this one works everytime! I had the hardest time trying to find a recipe that was all by hand if you can imagine that. I take much pleasure in kneading my own dough and proofing. This recipe is foolproof because using the well technique allows me to use as much flour as the dough wants on that particular day. Most don’t account for this in recipes, but this one turns out perfect.
      For example, today it needed all but about 1/4 cup…some days it needs more as I knead it. Also, I tend to oil my hands for the last 4 mins or so of kneading instead of adding more flour to deal with the stickiness so I don’t dry it out.
      Thanks so much!

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      September 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      I have made pizza dough this way for many years. Just put everything into your processor except the water, process and then add water through the top a little at a time until if form a ball. Just take it out and place in a bowl to raise.
      Also I find that after rolling out the couch I bake it without the toppings. When done I place the toppings on and bake until the veggies are roasted and the cheese melted.

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        September 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm

        It is dough not couch – my computer changed the word.

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          September 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

          Rolling out the couch, ha ha! 🙂 Thanks for the tips, Trudy!

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    August 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    What temp. do you bake at?

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      August 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Marie! Bake at 475 F degrees (let the oven heat up for at least 30 minutes) for about 10-13 minutes. Baking time depends on the amount of toppings and size of the pizza crust. Hope it helps!

      You can see the example of the pizza made using this dough here: https://yummyaddiction.com/veggie-pizza/

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      September 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Oh…one last thing I meant to add is that I actually double your recipe everytime I make it and it turns out perfectly.

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    August 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Hi! Making pizza is a weekly ritual with my BF and I. Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose?


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      August 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Hi, Jeana! It’s so great that you like to make homemade pizza too! Actually, I have never made this dough using whole wheat flour… If I were you, I would try to use a mixture of half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. In this case you may need to add more or less flour. Again, I didn’t try this before, so I can’t tell you what the result will be. Next time I will use whole wheat flour and I will see how that works out. 😉

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    May 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Hi! Looks so yummy! I’d like to make this tomorrow. I’ve lost my pizza tin. Would this dough work in a 9×13 pan?

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      May 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Hi Angela! I think it should work in that pan. 😉

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    June 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Can you double the recipe to make an extra dough to freeze?

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    July 13, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Can i use lard instead of olive oil? Thanks!

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    April 10, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I have been looking for an easy pizza crust to make. Let me tell you, I love love this crust. Is it not only easy but it is so good. It is crispy and chewy at the same time. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      April 26, 2016 at 6:31 am

      So glad you enjoyed it and thank you for coming back and letting me know!! 😉

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    July 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    It’s in the oven rising! Don’t Plan cooking on the BBQ until later. Can I knead it, put in a plastic bag and refrigerated? Pull it out an hour in advance and then shape into proper size and add ingredients? I also made with Bread Flour as I didn’t have All Purpose. Will also double next time!

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    October 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Would also like to know if this freezes well or if you can put it in a bag in the fridge for later use that same day?

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      November 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I am not sure about it, Holly, you will have to try it yourself 😉

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      December 12, 2016 at 3:04 am

      I made my dough a day ahead and keep it in the refrigerator until I need it. I also freeze the dough, but don’t let it rise. This can be done the day you want to use it.

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    November 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Can you substitute olive oil to canola oil

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      November 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Hi, yes you can.

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    March 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Hi! I made this recipe EXACTLY…. and after an hr my dough didn’t rise at all! 😩😩
    I made homemade bread and rolls alllllll the time; I don’t know what I did wrong! The only thing I am thinking maybe happened is that I didn’t measure out my dry instant yeast….. I just used 1 packet like you said. Maybe my packet is a different size and maybe I needed more?! Anyway…. not giving up on this recipe! Will try again soon!!👍

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      March 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Hi, Jessica. It’s strange. I don’t think that your yeast packet could have been smaller than mine. They are all pretty much the same. Maybe your yeast wasn’t instant? If you use active dry yeast than you need to proof it first. Or maybe your water wasn’t warm enough? Anyway, give this recipe a try once more and I am sure everything will be alright. Let me know how it goes!

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