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Basic Pizza Dough

June 3, 2018

Learn how to make classic homemade pizza dough that everyone will love. It’s simpler than you think if you just follow all my tips!

Pizza Dough

Making homemade pizza dough isn’t as complicated as it may seem, and if you ask me, it’s definitely worth learning. After 2-3 tries and, yes – a bit of frustration – it can become a simple and fun activity, so leave your fears aside and just stick with me.

My basic dough recipe is based on classic pizza crust. It’s not too thick nor too thin, and is both chewy and crispy on the edges.

Is bread flour really necessary?

Bread flour makes for a chewier crust than all-purpose flour, and overall yields better results so I highly recommend it. Still, it can be substituted for a same amount of all-purpose flour if that’s all you have. 

Homemade Pizza Dough

Freezing dough

After the dough has risen, you can divide it into as many portions as you like and shape each portion into a disc. Wrap each disc individually with plastic wrap and place into zip lock bags. Squeeze out all the air and seal the bags. Dough can be frozen for up to 2 months.

To thaw, place a disc in the fridge overnight or for about 12 hours. Remove it from the fridge about 30 minutes before using so that it reaches room temperature, then either shape it or continue with the rest of your recipe.

Treat the dough gently and with care, especially while shaping it, so that it turns out as perfect as possible.

Many other tips can be found in my pizza post.

Margherita Pizza

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Margherita Pizza
Pizza Dough Recipe

This recipe makes one very large pizza crust (14 inch/35 cm), or you can make two medium pizzas instead.

  • 2 and 1/8 cups (300 g/10.5 oz) bread flour, sifted (or all-purpose flour - bread flour will yield a chewier crust)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (195 ml) lukewarm water
  • Oil (olive, vegetable, canola), for greasing
  1. Place flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer and mix until combined. Attach the dough hook to the mixer. Add water to the flour mixture, and mix on low speed until dough comes together, 2-3 minutes. Continue mixing for another 7 minutes on low-medium speed until dough is completely smooth and elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be slightly sticky, but if it feels too sticky, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time, or if it feels too dry, add more water.
  2. Place dough in a large bowl brushed with oil, and toss to coat (the fat will keep the dough from drying out). Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place or on the counter for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size. Alternatively, you can place dough in the fridge overnight or up to 24 hours. If refrigerated, before using the dough, place the bowl at room temperature for 30-60 minutes to reach room temperature.
  3. After the dough has risen, punch it just slightly to remove air. It’s now ready to be shaped.
  4. To proceed with a full pizza recipe, click here.

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  • Reply
    nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    December 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Girlfriend! That picture is SO pretty! I’m in love! I make homemade pizza crust all the time, and always use AP flour, I’ve heard that bread flour does wonders, got to try that!! Mine NEVER turn out chewy, and that crust above, looks absolutely perfect!

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      December 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Nicole! You have to try it with bread flour, it really does make it chewy!

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    December 4, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Am always looking for a good pizza dough! Your’s looks fabulous 🙂

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      December 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

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    Amy @ The Blond Cook
    December 4, 2015 at 10:40 am

    That pizza looks absolutely gorgeous! I’m embarrassed to say that as much as I love pizza, I’ve never made my own dough. Pinned and trying this soon! 🙂

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      December 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      There’s nothing to be embarrassed about! I only recently started making pizza at home, and the first one turned out not so great 🙂 But now it’s amazing, definitely worth it!

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    August 10, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    can I double the amount to make 2 pizza dough? Also, can I cut the dough in half to make smaller pizza?


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      August 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Hi May, you can double or triple the recipe, no problem. If you’re using a mixer, it would be more convenient to use the amount of ingredients in the recipe (or larger amount).

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    December 18, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Regarding this step: “Alternatively, you can place dough in the fridge overnight or up to 24 hours”, do I have to wait for it to double in size or I can straight away put in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge overnight until I am ready to use the next day?

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      December 18, 2017 at 3:55 am

      If you put it to rest overnight, you do not need to wait for it to double in size as it will slowly reach its desired size in the fridge. When you take it out you can use it immediately after it returns to room temperature.

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    December 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Shiran, thanks!

    Will try it. This would sound easy as I don’t need to prepare the dough in the day itself.


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    Brijesh Lodha
    August 12, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing!! Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour? Is there any substitute of yeast? Like sparkling water or soda water? Thanks!

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      August 12, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Whole wheat flour will give a different flavor and texture. It’s possible, but the recipe might need some adjustment, so I don’t recommend it. The yeast cannot be substituted with baking soda or any other ingredient.

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    October 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I made this pizza a week ago. I made your crust and your sauce. It was absolutely delicious and everyone in my family loved both the crust and the sauce. The crust was so chewy and perfect. I have made doughs before but never any close to as good as this one. Will definitely be using only this in the future! Thanks so much!

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    October 26, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I was looking for a hand stretched pizza dough recipe. I made this, not my first pizza. It turned out awesome. I learned to stretch dough by watching at a local pizza joint. Use your palm around the edges while rotating, pick up and stretch over your knuckles.

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    July 19, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Thank you for sharing, i just wonder should we reach the window pane dough for the pizza dough?

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    July 22, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Heloo Shiran!
    This recipe looks absolutely marvelous 🙂 was wondering if I could kneadbthe dough by hand? If I do around how long should I knead the dough for? Thanks so much in advance, cannot wait to try it out myself!

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    April 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    This recipe deserves its name. Absolutely delicious ! It was crispy on the edges and very fluffy inside. The dough wasn’t dry at all AND it hadn’t a soggy bottom neither ! It lack a little bit of flavor but that’s not a problem, I will add more salt next time. Also, I made 2 rises and it had a perfectl airy crumb.
    Thank you so much for the recipe ! It was my first perfect homemade pizza !

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    April 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Worked exactly as advertised. Lots of compliments. I liked the texture, the crust and the bottom cooked perfectly at 500F for 14 minutes

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    May 8, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Perfect dough! Made pizza for dinner and it was fabulous!

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    September 30, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    THIS is the dough, the crust that swaddles all the toppings like a brand new babe. Timeless recipe, new follower in 2022, I can’t wait to thumb through your recipes in front of your chocolate pancakes!!!

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      Talia @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.
      October 1, 2022 at 3:26 am

      Hi Rachel, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for following! Lot’s of exciting new recipes coming up 🙂

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    May 9, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    This looks so good! What a fun recipe to make with kids for dinner!

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    May 9, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

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    August 31, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Very informative

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