Jessica DeMay

Pizza Dough Recipe

The secret to making a mouth-wateringly delicious pizza is using the right pizza dough recipe. To create a homemade pizza crust with the flavor and texture of a professionally-made pie, try this fool-proof recipe. Once you taste the results, you’ll never go back to your old pizza dough recipe again.

Would you like to make authentic pizza at home but aren't sure where to begin? This recipe is a basic pizza dough that works for most types of pizza. It only uses 57% hydration so it's very forgiving. And by forgiving we mean that the dough doesn't break as easily as a high hydration dough, so this dough is very beginner-friendly.

Pizza dough in container

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

This pizza dough can be used for most types of pizza, and it is incredibly easy to make.
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Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Pizza
Cuisine American
Servings 4 pizzas
Calories 551 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 600 g Flour
  • 340 g Water
  • 16 g Salt
  • 20 g Fresh yeast

Instructions
 

  • Add the water to a large bowl.
  • Dissolve the salt in the water.
  • Add the flour first and then the salt.
  • Mix for about 15 minutes by hand or 10 minutes by dough mixer.
  • Add the dough back into the bowl and cover by plastic wrap.
  • Let it bulk ferment for 2 hours.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equally large balls and brush with olive oil.
  • Let them ferment for another 2 hours and your dough is ready.

Nutrition

Calories: 551kcalCarbohydrates: 115gProtein: 16gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1559mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 7mg

Baking Pizza Dough from Scratch

Italian food is all about simplicity. For the standard pizza dough, you will need a few ingredients and a bit of patience to let the dough rise.

This article contains recipes for each type of pizza, but before we delve into the recipes, you should be aware of a few secrets that will turn your pizza-making into a success.

How to Mix Pizza Dough

In general, it is best to combine all the ingredients, such as flour, water, and yeast, in one big bowl. But before you throw in everything at once, you have to know there’s a specific order to follow.

Start by mixing flour with yeast and sugar (yes, sugar, it makes the fermentation more natural), then pour water into the bowl and mix everything with a wooden spoon.

If you use fresh yeast, you will get a better result if you dissolve it in a glass with a little bit of lukewarm water first. Once your yeast is fully dissolved, add it to the flour along with more water. Then mix all the ingredients using a hand or a wooden spoon until the flour has absorbed all the liquid.

André Guidon, the AVPN President of Brazil says, "Try to learn dough making without weighting the flour, this way you will always have a consistent product despite any humidity changes and you will learn how the dough should feel."

How to Knead Pizza Dough

The best way to knead is by using your hands. Sprinkle some flour on a working table and transfer the dough there. Next, push the dough with your palm, fold it over itself with your fingers, and pull it back. Repeat this process several times until the dough looks homogeneous and soft.

If you feel that the dough is sticky, add some more flour to your working surface and continue kneading. Just don't tear the dough, as this will destroy the gluten fibers you have built up through kneading. Work the dough for 15-20 minutes until it appears smooth and springy.

Pro tip: You can test the dough by poking it with a finger. If the dough springs back up, it's ready to bulk ferment.

DO

  • Let the dough bulk ferment in the fridge for 18-72 hours, depending on how much yeast you've used. Unless you have time to rest the dough overnight, let it rise at room temperature in a bowl covered with plastic wrap for at least six hours.
  • Let your cold fermented dough sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before kneading it.
  • Cook your pizza in an oven explicitly designed for pizzas.

DON'T

  • Don't dissolve the yeast in hot or cold water, as this will kill it.
  • Don't roll out dough that springs back too hard. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes and soften up so it can be stretched easily.

Secret Tips for the Perfect Pizza Dough

  • For a crunchy and tasty result, use Tipo 00 flour and add 50% Manitoba.
  • Add a pinch of sugar; it helps facilitate the leavening. When added to yeast, it acts as an activator. As an alternative to sugar, you can use a few grams of honey or malt.
  • Get yourself a decent pizza oven, it will make the job so much easier, and your pizzas will taste much better when cooked at the proper temperature. We recommend getting an Ooni oven. Here you can find out which Ooni oven is the best.

Now that you know how to make basic pizza dough let's move on to an advanced level and start having some real fun.

Dough Recipes for Other Types of Pizzas

Neapolitan Pizza

Neapolitan Pizza

Traditional Neapolitan Pizza has a fluffy crust and crunchy base, and it is cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven. The dough is the result of a long leavening process. Italian food is delicious because patience is the secret ingredient.

If you are cooking it at home, set the oven at 500°F and use a pre-heated pizza stone.

👉 You can find our Neapolitan pizza dough recipe here.

American Pizza Dough

american pizza

Pizza New York-style pizza is similar to Neapolitan pizza, but its dough is slightly thicker.

👉 Check out our full American New York-style pizza dough recipe here.

Sicilian Pizza Dough Recipe

sicilian pizza

This classic Sicilian-style pizza recipe is cooked in a large sheet pan. It is thick and soft, and its texture is similar to focaccia.

👉 You can find our Sicilian pizza recipe here.

Roman Pizza Dough Recipe (Tonda Romana)

roman pizza

The Tonda Romana pizza has a paper-thin crust and just melts in your mouth.

👉 Find our Tonda Romana Thin Crust Pizza Recipe here.

No-knead Sourdough Pizza Dough Recipe

Sourdough Pizza

The crispiness and chewiness of sourdough pizza are definitely worth the extra effort. It's a dough that bakes perfectly every time and holds all your favorite toppings. Please be aware that this dough may take up to 4 days to make.

👉 Find our Sourdough Pizza Recipe here.

Biga Pizza Dough Recipe

biga pizza

Biga is a type of preferment used in Italian baking. The pizza is lighter and more digestible with this method and it reminds a bit of sourdough, but without the full sour taste.

👉 Check out our full Biga pizza dough recipe here.

Now that you're equipped with the proper knowledge, you ready to start making some delicious pizza. And be warned, making pizza is very addictive but at the same time, it is very rewarding. Have fun!

When using fresh yeast, the standard measure is 20/25g for 1kg of flour. Using dry yeast, you will need around 7 grams of yeast per kg of flour (about a third of fresh yeast). You should keep in mind that this will depend on the type of pizza you are making. For example, Neapolitan Pizza only requires 0.1-3 grams of fresh yeast per 1kg of flour.
Depending on the type of pizza and the amount of yeast, the baking time varies. For example, basic pizza dough with 20g yeast per 1kg flour takes 3-5 hours to rise at room temperature. If possible, let the dough rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours. By slowing down the leavening process, your pizza will have more complex flavors and better texture.
This basic pizza recipe is very versatile and works for any type of pizza except for deep dish pizza.
Jessica DeMay
Jessica is the lead content creator of Dishcrawl. She has lived in Italy (Napoli) for 7 years and has since become absolutely obsessed with pizza.
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