Perfect Pizza Dough

The basic, perfect pizza dough is no longer an elusive mystery. And I have another secret to share with you, it can be ready in minutes rather than the hours many recipes take. And that’s a good thing when we decide late in the day we want to enjoy a few movies on the porch.

How you ask? Well, I’m about to show you.

Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Allow to stand while mixing next ingredients.

Pour together flour and salt. Lightly run a whisk through the dry ingredients to combine well.

Drizzle olive oil into dry ingredients using the dough hook attachment of your mixer.

Add in the honey.

Oh yum. Love good honey.

Add in yeast mixture.

Combine all of the ingredients until a soft ball forms. Do not over mix your dough or it will be tough.

Pour olive oil into glass or stainless steel bowl and make sure all surface area is covered.

I always add another little drizzle to my dough.

Gently knead the dough and form a ball in the center of your bowl.

Cover bowl with a damp kitchen towel and place into a 175 – 200 degree oven.

Allow dough to double in bulk. Punch down and return to oven covered with a damp kitchen towel.

Allow to rise again in 200 degree oven.

Remove dough from oven when it has again doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes. Place half of dough on a baking pan that has been lightly dusted with corn meal to prevent any sticking.

Top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings and enjoy.


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Perfect Pizza Dough is easy to make at home! Get this family favorite pizza dough recipe.
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons rapid rise yeast
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ tablespoons honey
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • corn meal, for dusting
  1. Sprinkle yeast on top of the warm water. Allow the yeast to sit while you prepare other ingredients.
  2. Combine the flour and sea salt in the bowl of stand mixer or food processor. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, then honey, then yeast and water mixture. Combine until forms a soft ball.
  3. Drizzle olive oil into a glass or metal bowl, being sure to cover the sides of the bowl.
  4. Remove the dough ball from mixer or food processor and place dough into the prepared bowl.
  5. Cover with a damp cloth and place in an oven for about 10 minutes to double in size.
  6. Remove from oven and punch the dough down. Cover again with a damp cloth and return to 200-degree oven.
  7. Allow the dough to rise again, approximately 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the dough from oven and divide in half. Place one-half of the dough onto a pan that has been lightly dusted with corn meal.
  9. Top with favorite pizza toppings and bake in an oven or on the grill for approximately 20 minutes until crust has turned a light golden brown.

41 comments on “Perfect Pizza Dough”

  1. Oh wow Robyn! What great and helpful post. Love it! Considering how great a planner I am (sarcasm*)I never have an idea what’s for dinner until an hr before. This one would really help a person like me.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • It helps me, too – especially on nights when I’ve planned one thing and my son decides pizza is in order! And the best part, I can have a homemade pizza ready in less time than our local delivery!

  2. Wow! What a great recipe–I can’t believe the short rising time! I bet it would be divine with italian herbs mixed in.

  3. Hello, first time here! Nice space you have. πŸ™‚ We are sucker of homemade pizza. Will try this out once I bought my kitchen aid. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the basil tip! Mine always burns πŸ™‚

  5. Homemade pizza is a staple at our house! So simple and so good.

    Tammy and Parker

  6. I feel like I need to make a pizza for dinner this weekend now πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing such great tips!

  7. OMGoodness, brilliant with honey. I want to make this! I’ll come back and tell you if I do, okay?

    Happy Thursday Robyn!

  8. I often shy away from making my own pizza dough, thanks for demystifying this process for us. Looks like some very yummy pizza indeed πŸ™‚

  9. Do you ever freeze this dough?

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  11. In the instructions for the recipe you say to place the dough in a 200 degree oven for both rises, but above in your description you say on the first rise to use a 175 degree oven and then a 200 degree oven. Could you clarify please? Want to try this as Friday is pizza night in our home.

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  13. I don’t have bread hook on my mixer. How can it be made without one?

    • Hi Sandra,
      You can mix all of the ingredients using a wooden spoon and then knead it by hand. You’ll want to knead it for a while to make sure the pizza dough is nice and elastic. I would say about 8-10 minutes, but you’ll be able to feel it.

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  15. Hi Robyn – I’m about to make this great looking recipe and am curious about the first rise time for the pizza dough. It says ten minutes (or until double in size) – it seems to me that’s more like an hour?? Can you let me know?


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  21. Does putting the dough into an oven with the heating element turned on not cause a hard crust to form on the outside of the dough? I’ve had that happen before with bread and yeast roll dough so I am worried about trying it again. Thanks!

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  23. I have made this twice now. First time, I used it to make garlic knots. Now I’m making bbq chicken pizza. I use 3 cups of flour instead of 3 1/2. Always better to use less, I feel. I only kneaded in an additional 2 tbsp and it was the perfect consistency. A little tacky, but doesn’t stick to the counter or hands. It is a very fluffy dough, I love it. I let it rise slowly rather than using heat to reduce the time. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

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  26. just a quick question… how many crusts does it make? You said to put a portion in the pan so I get the impression it is more than one.

  27. how many pizzas does this dough recipe make?

  28. I am making your pizza dough and really confused as what temp to bake the pizza at when all done with the toppings. I am just winging it for now, because for 20 minutes you need a pretty hot oven.

  29. I would love to make your Pizza Dough recipe with the Homemade Three Cheese White Pizza; but it doesn’t specify how many pizzas it makes? It does say to use half the dough? Please answer, I would love to make this tomorrow (Friday) night!! Thanks!!

  30. I love this recipe no failing I use it many times.thanks

  31. Hi,
    I’m planning on making this tonight but had a couple of questions. How many pizzas does this recipe make and what temp do you cook your pizza after it has risen?

    • Hi Kelly,
      This recipe makes one large pizza dough recipe. Cook the risen pizza dough in a preheated 500 degree oven for 13-15 minutes, or just until the cheese is bubbly. I hope you enjoy it! xo

  32. There is a pasta and pizza place near me that used to serve a four cheese pizza: mozzarella, ricotta, gorgonzola, and provolone. They stopped making it, but it tasted great and it was the only pizza I liked. I recommend trying this combination for Sam. I am going to make your pizza since it also sounds terrific. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks so much for the recommendation! I’ll definitely have to try it. It sounds just like something he’d love! xo

  33. At what point can your pizza dough be frozen?

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