Basic Pizza Dough

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Servings: 2 (12-inch) pizzas
Prep Time: 1 hour 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 3/4 cups warm water
1 1/4 ounces package active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons olive oil





Measure out 1 3/4 cups warm water (it should be pleasantly warm on your wrist). Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and allow it to activate, about 10 minutes.

Put the salt and 2 cups of the flour into a food processor. Pulse 5 times to blend. Pour in the yeast and water and pulse 5 times. Add the olive oil. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, pulsing and scraping the sides of the bowl until well blended. As soon as the mixture is combined, dump it out onto a well-floured board and knead for 15 turns. The dough will become smooth and elastic-like. 

Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes, until doubled in size, and then punch it down.

Divide it in half; each half will make 1 (12-inch) pizza. You can make 2 pizzas, or freeze half the dough for another time. Freeze the dough in a resealable freezer bag. To thaw, remove the bag from the freezer and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Roll the dough out while cold and then allow it to come to room temperature before adding toppings. 

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Reader Comments:


I love to make Pizzas with my grandchildren when they visit. I am definitely going to try your recipe. Of course I am going to have the grandkids do all the work. They love to do it themselves. Thank you.

By Mimi on July 11, 2012


Yes... a pizza crust I can make smile

By Joyce103 on July 10, 2012


I use the pizza dough recipe from Paula Deen's 5th Anniversary Keepsake Issue 2011.(page 34) After I've topped my dough with sauce, cheese and vegetables, I bake it at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes. The dough will be a nice golden brown. There is nothing more delicious than a homemade pizza. I hope this helps those who have questions about temperature and times.

By Karen on July 03, 2012


I loved the recipe but it does not give the baking directions.. What is the oven setting? How long do you bake it ?? I love your show and recipes... Rebec

By Rebec on February 29, 2012


we dont have yeast so we didnt get to try it but oh well ! love your show

By Anonymous on June 20, 2011

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