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Pizza Dough and Variations

Traditional pizza dough adds an easy-homemade touch to a thin crust pizza. Using a prepared pizza sauce, you can make and bake this pizza in an hour.


Average: 4.9 (16 votes)
This recipe makes Two 12-inch pizzas
Water1 cup
Olive oil2 TBSP
Bread Flour3 cups
Salt1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast2+1/4 tsp

This recipe is featured at Doughmesstic.


Baker's note: A whole wheat crust can be made by substituting 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour for the 3 cups of bread flour called for in the recipe. A cheese crust can be made by adding 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend to the original recipe.

Preheat oven to 400°F

Bread Machine Method

Have liquid ingredients at 80°F, all others at room temperature. Place room temperature ingredients in pan in the order listed. Select Dough/Manual cycle. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, 1/2 to 1 TBSP at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 TBSP of flour at a time. At the end of the last kneading cycle, press STOP/CLEAR, remove dough from pan. Proceed to Rising, Shaping and Baking instructions  below. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.

Mixer Methods

Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and salt. Combine liquids and heat to 120°-130°F.


Hand-Held Mixer Method

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.


Stand Mixer Method

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.


Food Processor Method

Have all ingredients at room temperature. Place dry ingredients in processing bowl with steel blade. Process briefly to blend. While motor is running add water and oil. Process until mixed. Continue processing until dough cleans the sides of bowl. 


Rising, Shaping and Baking

Let dough rest 15 minutes. Divide into 2 parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Prebake for 10-12 minutes in pre-heated 400°F oven until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown. Add desired toppings and bake an additional 15 minutes.



*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast OR 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.


Works every time!


I've been making this recipe once every other day for a week, and I'm amazed at how well it works! I've failed at making pizza dough many times before, but then I thought maybe the yeast manufacturers might know something about it. And I was certainly not disappointed! I like to add herbs to my bread, and with this recipe I find I have to add a little extra water. But other than that it's so fantastic! A very forgiving recipe, too! By the way, I make mine by hand with no machine or anything. Kneading really seems to be the key to getting a good crust.

Great Crust!

I have also used this crust recipe many times. I love it. Reliable, consistent. My family likes it more than other recipes I have used. I also do it without a mixer. Thank you, Red Star.

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