How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

July 13, 2023
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Course Appetizer
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. combine the warm water and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Sprinkle the instant yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt.
  3. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon or your hands, until a dough begins to form.
  5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough feels too sticky, you can add a little more flour as needed.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise warmly for about 1-2 hours until it has doubled.
  7. Punch it down once the dough has risen to release any air bubbles. Divide the dough into two portions to make two pizzas, or leave it as a whole for one larger pizza.
  8. At this point, you can use the dough immediately or refrigerate it later. If refrigerating, place the dough in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Just make sure to let it come to room temperature before using it.
  9. To roll out the dough, lightly flour a clean surface and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into your desired pizza shape and thickness.
  10. Transfer the rolled-out dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  11. add your favorite toppings, such as tomato sauce, cheese, vegetables, or meat.
  12. Preheat your oven to the highest temperature (usually around 500°F or 260°C) and bake the pizza for about 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  13. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

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