Basic Pizza Dough
Published by Knopf
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Type of Dishyeast bread
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup melted lard or olive oil, plus extra for coating the dough
Put the yeast, sugar, and water into a small bowl. Stir and let rest for 10 minutes.
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add the melted lard or olive oil to the yeast mixture and pour into the well. Work into a dough with a wooden spoon.
On a lightly floured board, knead the dough, folding it over and over until it is smooth and silky. Add a little flour as needed until the dough is no longer sticky. Shape the dough into a ball and, with olive oil on your hands, lightly coat the dough. Put it into a bowl and cover it with a dish towel. Let the dough double in size in a warm place. This takes about 1 hour.
When the dough has risen, follow instructions in individual pizza recipes.
2001 Giovanne Tornabene and Gilda Di Paola Tornabene