Pizza Dough

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All sorts of people put all sorts of things into pizza dough. I want to give the recipe to you straight, as I had it in Naples--water, flour, yeast, and salt. This makes a soft but elastic dough that is easy to work with. Don' be afraid to stretch the dough when you're shaping it into pizza crusts: for something that feels so soft, it really is quite tough.


Total Timea day or more

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturechewy

Type of Dishyeast bread


  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, and more as needed
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • Olive oil


  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a medium bowl and let stand until dissolved.

  2. Toss the flour and salt together and stir into the dissolved yeast, using a wooden spoon or your fingers, until you have a stiff dough.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn the dough to coat all sides with oil, and cover with a damp cloth. Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free spot until it doubles in volume, about 1½ hours.

  4. Punch down the dough and, if necessary, divide into the number of portions called for in the recipe. Place the dough balls on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly against the dough. Refrigerate until the dough is roughly doubled in bulk. This can take from 12 to 24 hours. Punch down the dough and continue with the recipe.


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