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Best Pizza Dough Recipe

Best Pizza Dough Recipe


Today I’m sharing the best pizza dough recipe out there. It’ll produce the best homemade pizzas you’ll ever make.


  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 + 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the yeast and sugar together. Add lukewarm water (yeast loves temps of 70-80 degrees). Let the yeast sit there munching for 5-6 minutes until there’s a bubbly foam and the yeast is completely dissolved.
  2. Add flour, salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil to the bowl. Using the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients on low speed.
  3. Once combined, remove the paddle attachment and switch to the dough hook. Turn the mixer on low speed. Slowly pour in the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil. Continue mixing/kneading for about 8 minutes. The dough should pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and become smooth.
  4. Gather the pizza dough together into a round ball. Place the ball in a lightly-oiled mixing bowl and cover the bowl with a clean kitchen cloth. Allow the pizza dough to rise for one to two hours in a warm place.
  5. You’ll notice that the dough will rise to about double it’s original size.  Using your fist, punch down the the dough and transfer it to a lightly-floured surface. Using your hands, knead the dough. Place it back inside the lightly-oiled mixing bowl and cover the bowl. Let the pizza dough rise a second time (about 15 minutes).
  6. When the dough has risen, punch it down again. Your pizza dough is now ready to use!



  • All-purpose flour will yield a nice chewy crust. For a crispier crust use bread flour instead; it’s perfect for making thin-crust pizzas.
  • Measuring flour correctly makes all the difference for this pizza dough recipe and all other recipes! Here are two techniques professional cooks, bakers and home-chefs use to measure their flour: 1. Measure flour by weight using a scale. One cup of all-purpose flour weighs 4 1/4 ounces or 120 grams. 2. Measure flour by fluffing it up well using a spoon while it’s still inside your flour container or bag. Gently sprinkle the flour into your measuring cup, one small spoonful at a time. Level off the cup with a knife.
  • For this pizza dough recipe, if you need a bit more water for the dough add it one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • This pizza dough recipe makes two round 16″ pizzas, or you can divide up the dough to make several personal-size pizzas.
  • Prep Time: 150 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Snack, Late Night, Party
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

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