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How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough


  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Rapid Rise yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 3/4 cup water


  • In a mixer bowl (or large bowl) stir all ingredients together. This can be done with electric mixer or by hand.
  • Mix until well combined then let the dough rest a few minutes.
  • Mix again and check to see if it seems too wet or dry. It should feel moist and a little sticky, but not wet. Add a bit of flour or water if needed.
  • Pour dough out onto counter that you've oiled with olive oil. Press dough out flat with your fingers. You aren't trying to make the dough thin here, just spread it out a bit.
  • Fold the sides to the middle. Turn the dough and fold the sides to the middle again. Tuck all the folds under and let dough rest on counter under a large, oiled bowl for 5 minutes.
  • Repeat the press, fold, rest steps 3 more times.
  • Use a knife to cut the dough into 4 sections. Form each section into a round ball and place in a round bowl or container covered with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
  • Bring to room temp before using.
  • Top with favorite toppings and bake on pizza stone, pizza steel, iron skillet or pizza pan at 500 degrees for 10 or so minutes.