Pizza Dough



This is a basic pizza dough recipe. Its great because it doesn’t have to sit for hours to rise, you only need about one hour and 10 minutes to make two dough balls that equal two 12-inch pizzas. This dough can also be frozen ahead of time and then thawed for use that night. Who doesn’t love ‘do ahead’?!

I use this dough in my Chicken Florentine Pizza recipe. SO good. You can make any pizza you wish with this dough – simple & delicious.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour – plus about 1/4 cup more for dusting & rolling
  • 1 dry yeast packet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water – not hot – warm
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. In a mixer with a dough hook, pour the water into the bowl. (if you don’t have a mixer, use a regular bowl – very large glass bowl)
  2. Add in the yeast and wait about 5 minutes, until you see a few bubbles or a bit of foam on the top – it won’t be ‘bubbling’ but some of them will rise to the top.
  3. Add the sugar, oil and salt to the water/yeast mix.
  4. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in flour spoonful by spoonful until a dough begins to form (if you don’t have a mixer, stir in flour until dough begins to form, you may need to start mixing by hand as it starts to thicken up).
  5. Once a sticky dough ball begins to form, pull from bowl and move to working surface.
  6. Add a bit of flour to a work surface and knead the dough for about 30 seconds. It should be dense and tacky to the touch.
  7. Lightly oil the inside of a large bowl, place the dough ball into the bowl, and then brush the top of the ball with oil.
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place – no draft – for an hour.
  9. Ball will rise and almost double in size.
  10. Remove from bowl, it will be light and fluffy.
  11. Cut in half, knead on a floured surface until a tighter ball is formed.
  12. Complete with other half of dough.
  13. Immediately use the dough or wrap separately in plastic wrap, place inside freezer bag and place into freezer.

Ingredients for dough making


Warm water with yeast added – see bubbles and a bit of foam (after 5 minutes)


Dough forming in the mixer


Dough right out of mixer


Kneading the dough – right of mixer


Dough ball in oiled bowl covered in plastic wrap


After dough has rested 1 hour


Rolling fresh dough out into pizza dough


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