Basic Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough
Photo by Trinette Reed

With this dead-simple pizza dough recipe, you’ll never have an excuse for subpar chain takeout again. Let us provide you with the blank culinary canvas for your classy DIY pizza party.

  • ¼ ounce active yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, heat 1 cup of water to approximately 110°F. Once heated, pour it into bowl and add the yeast, mixing it until it’s well combined. Add the sugar and let it sit for 2 minutes, then add the flour and salt. Mix it using your hands (or a stand mixer) until well it’s combined and dough forms a cohesive ball.

Add two tablespoons of olive oil to another mixing bowl, place dough ball into bowl and coat it well with olive oil. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel rinsed in warm water.  Let dough sit until it rises to twice its original size, approximately 2 hours.

After dough has risen, punch down and stretch it out until it covers a pizza stone or metal pizza pan. Serves 4–6.

Published on January 8, 2016