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best Pizza Dough recipe

Making your own pizza dough is easier than you think. The best thing about pizza dough is that it can be made in advance, and even frozen, so you can make pizza in minutes. You will need only 5 ingredients, and just one bowl (no stand mixer).

what you'll need for best pizza dough recipe

This recipe uses flour type 00 which is usually used for authentic Italian pizza but feel free to use plain flour. In this recipe we use fresh yeast, which rise the dough quickly and easily. To prove the yeast, crumble it and combine with some water, sugar and flour. For toppings you can use anything you fancy. Opt for just tomato sauce which makes pizza Margherita. 

how to make Best pizza dough recipe

Combine flour and salt in one bowl. Make a well in the centre, then pour yeast mixture, olive oil and water. Stir everything until flour and other ingredients and combined. Turn over the dough onto floured work surface and knead for about 6 - 7 minutes, adding some flour in between so the dough doesn't stick to the surface. Place the dough in oiled bowl, cover with kitchen towel and put on a warm place to rise. We like to do this in the oven, preheated and turned off. 

Best Pizza dough


  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 15g fresh yeast or 1 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 280ml tepid water
  • 50ml olive oil


  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, dry yeast and salt. 

  2. Make a well in the centre of flour mixture and pour in most of the water along with the olive oil. Bring the dough together with your hands or a wooden spoon. As the flour is incorporated, the dough will start to take shape. Add the remaining water if the dough is hard. 

  3. Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and knead for 8 - 10 minutes, or until it is smooth. Shape the dough into a ball. Place in oiled bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to prove for about 15 minutes. 

  4. Divide the dough into two and roll out each piece to form a circle that will fit on the baking tray or pizza stone. Cover the dough with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice. 

  5. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until the base is golden-brown and toppings are bubbling. If you are making the pizza dough in advance, once the dough has been rolled, cover and place into the fridge. Remove one hour before needed to allow to dough to come to room temperature. 

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