Basic pizza dough

I love making pizza, and these days I make it about once a week. Pizza is delicious, inexpensive to make and so easy once you get your mad dough skills going. I've tried various pizza dough recipes over the years with mixed results, but I started doing it by feel about six months ago and haven't looked back. In order to share my recipe here, I measured my usual eyeballed amounts and wrote them down. This is seriously great dough and it doesn't require any kneading.

Water and yeast in a big bowl is where it all begins, and a lovely yeast bloom is a fun and satisfying thing to watch (or at least I think so!). I filmed this little video to show you what I look for when activating yeast.

So satisfying to watch every time it happens! I seriously call people into the kitchen to watch it, but no one ever seems adequately amazed. Ha!

This pizza dough is so simple and it turns out perfectly every time.

Here's how I make it:
makes enough for 2 large pizzas

1 1/4 cups warm water (slightly warmer than lukewarm)
1/4 tsp granulated white sugar
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour

I start by combining the water, sugar and yeast in a large mixing bowl and giving it a little stir with my finger. Then I let it sit until it blooms (about 5 minutes - see video above). Then I add the olive oil, salt and 2 cups of flour, stirring with the handle end of a wooden spoon. The remaining 1/2 cup to 1 cup of flour is worked into the dough with my hands until the dough is almost no longer sticky. I form the dough into a ball and leave it in the bowl, covered with a tea towel, for one hour to rise. When ready to dress my pizzas, I divide the dough into two balls and roll them out using a rolling pin on a well-floured surface. Once my toppings are on, the pizzas bake at 400 degrees (F) for 18 minutes (1 or 2 minutes longer if there are lots of toppings).

If I'm only making one pizza, I simply freeze half the risen dough in a freezer baggy.

My youngest son gets the full-on happy wobbles when he sees pizza in the oven. There's grinning and clapping and dancing. According to him pizza is the best food in the world. He might be right.

What are your pizza dough tips? What are your favourite toppings? Share your technique and recipe ideas!


  1. This looks incredible! I love homemade pizza :)

  2. I've been making my pizza dough in the bread maker. I love being able to just throw the ingredients in and leave it be.
    We make our own pizzas a lot. Especially when you compare the cost of ordering out against the cost of making it yourself. My daughter and I sat and did the math one day. For the cost of ordering 2 large 5 topping pizzas from the pizza place, approx $45, we can make 12 or more of our own. And we have complete control of the quality of our ingredients.
    I also love homemade pizza because it is an activity and everyone can be involved in.
    I agree with your son, homemade pizza is the best. :o)

    1. I didn't know you could make pizza dough in a bread maker. So handy! I love that you and your daughter actually did the math. That's quite a savings!

  3. Perfection! My husband is the pizza dough maker in our family and he uses the recipe from Cooks Magazine. It's extremely fussy and time consuming so I'm going to forward this to him!

  4. Spot on! Like the Tompkin Family above, my husband (an italian) makes pizza when he can find time and his recipe is the same. He tried with 'life' yeast once and they turned out better. A touch of dry oregano is not bad too, actually :)

  5. I love this post, thank you. I have made bread/pizza dough a few times and always just set the yeast aside and come back later. My three-year-old and I are making your recipe and just had a great time watching it bloom. Lots of fun! xxx

  6. I just made this for dinner last night! I have tried a number of dough recipes and never been satisfied but this one was a huge hit, and will definetely be my go to recipe for pizza dough from now on. Love how easy it came together too. Thanks!

  7. omg look at that happy pizza covered face!

    I'm just like you with doughs and yeast. I'm always thrusting dough into people's hands or calling them to see a starter or some yeast rising being like "look! feel! watch! so cool!"

    This looks amazingly tasty

  8. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I made this dough for dinner tonight and it was a huge success!

  9. Thanks or the video. Now if I don't see a yeast bloom,what am I doing wrong?

  10. Looks great! Definitely going to try this week! Have you tried using whole wheat flour with this?

    1. I have, Jacki. Sometimes I do a mix of all-purpose white and whole wheat. As with other bread styles, substituting whole wheat means a denser result, so just keep that in mind. Just go by feel while you're making it as you may require a little less flour when using whole wheat.
      Thanks for the question!