The Best Pizza Dough

The Best Pizza Dough

We think this is The Best Pizza Dough recipe we have tried.  And we get a lot of practice with it because almost every Saturday night we make pizza.  If we aren’t making {this pizza} we’re making it with this delicious dough. After trying several different dough recipes we finally settled on this particular one that I found here a couple of years ago.  It’s soft, slightly chewy, and rises to perfection but is not overly bready. The original recipe recommends mixing the dough the evening prior to serving {or early on the day of serving} but there have been times that I forgot or didn’t plan well enough and end up making it just two or three hours prior to dinner time and it still turns out well.  Maybe not as well, but it’s still mighty delicious.  Are you ready to give it a try?  Ok. Let’s get started.

Recipe notes: I usually make this with all-purpose flour because we like the flavor better.  We have tried it with 1/2 wheat flour and it’s pretty good but we don’t like it as well.  So even though it isn’t as nutritious, that is how I make it.

If you’re going to make homemade pizza it’s really worthwhile to invest in a pizza paddle and a pizza stone.  In my opinion, the pizza stone is essential to a well-cooked crust and gives it that crusty outer layer with a soft chewy bread inside, and the center of the pizza cooks thoroughly and doesn’t have any soggy areas.  You could get by without a pizza paddle but it makes it easy and safe to slide the pizza on and off the flaming hot stone.

*45-60 minutes before baking, place the pizza stone on the center rack in a cold oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

The Best Pizza Dough

Yield: Makes 2 pizzas

The Best Pizza Dough


  • 1-1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast (not active dry)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (or table salt but I always use sea salt)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (maybe a little less or a little more ~ see notes in the directions)


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer and using the flat beater, mix the water, yeast, sugar, honey, and oil.
  2. Mix in 1 cup of flour and the salt.
  3. One cup at a time, add 2 more cups of flour (still using the flat beater).
  4. Switch to the dough hook and add 1 more cup of flour, and then add a little bit more, if needed, until you get a nice, soft dough that no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl and knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  5. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap, and then place in the refrigerator to slowly rise until three hours before baking. Three hours prior to baking, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, keeping it tightly covered.


This dough can easily be made whole wheat. Replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour {I freshly grind my own wheat} and use 3 tablespoons of honey and eliminate the sugar. :: If making the dough just a few hours prior to baking the pizza, don't place the dough in the refrigerator. Just cover it tightly and leave it on the counter to rise. :: If you are only wanting to make one pizza, half of the dough can be frozen. After the kneading step, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag.


6. Cut a piece of parchment paper (or dust pizza paddle with cornmeal) and place it on your pizza paddle. Lightly spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
7. Divide the dough and working with your hands stretch the dough to mostly cover the pizza paddle. Repeat with the other piece of dough on another piece of parchment paper.
8. Add pizza sauce and toppings.
9. Slide the pizza (and parchment paper) onto the hot pizza stone and bake for 6-9 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before slicing.


 Cheese pizza with some Canadian bacon.


Plain mozzarella cheese on the dough (no sauce) is yummy, too.

For us, homemade pizza is satisfyingly delicious.

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30 Responses to The Best Pizza Dough

  1. Haley @ The Saucy Apple March 26, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Yum! I have tried so many pizza dough recipes and have had so much trouble over the course of my post-college life that now I resign myself to buying pizza dough from the bakery section at my grocery store. But this recipe looks really yummy, so the next time I make pizza I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Lori March 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Yay, Haley. Give this a try and see how it works for you. Once you have it all mixed, kneaded, and raised, it should be just like what you buy at the store. Let me know how it turns out.

  2. Nicki Traikos March 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I’m so inspired to make pizza this weekend! Looks great Lori! x

    • Lori March 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Oh good, Nicki. Let me know how it turns out.

  3. nancy pfeifer March 27, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    Oh yum!!! This look so good right now after 11:30pm lol
    I hope you stop by to link-

    • Lori March 27, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Thank you, Nancy. I’ll stop by.

  4. Emily March 28, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    yum! We love Homemade pizza too. I have a recipe I like, but am going to try yours and compare :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?

    • Lori March 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Emily. I need to figure out Bloglovin. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Julia Forshee March 28, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Thanks for this recipe. i am going to have to try it because my husband doesn’t really like my pizza dough recipe 🙁 So we end up buying pizza from a store or carry out. I would really like to make my own. I do tend to forget about making cheesy breadsticks. I know our readers would love this, too. We have a weekly link up party going on now (Thursdays), and we would love to see this post and/or any others you would like to share at Hope to see you soon!

    • Lori March 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi Julia. Give this a try and see how you like it. We have shared it with lots of people and they always ask for the recipe. So I hop you like it, too. Thanks for the invite. I’ll pop on over there now.

  6. Kara @ Simplistically Sassy March 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This looks amazing! I can not wait to try this dough out!

    • Lori March 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      Let me know how you like it. Thanks for visiting. I’m popping on over to your site right now.

  7. Printabelle March 29, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Thanks for linking, I love to make pizza, but never have found a dough I loved. I can’t wait to try this, yours looks amazing!

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 1:15 am #

      I’ll admit it again. It is delicious. Everyone we serve it to asks for the recipe so I hop you like it, too. Thanks for hosting your link party and thank you for visiting my blog.

  8. Deanna Ritz March 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I have been looking for the perfect pizza dough recipe. I can’t wait to go give this one a try. Thanks 🙂

    • Lori April 1, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Hi Deanna. I hope you think this is the perfect pizza dough recipe, cuz we sure do. Thanks for visiting.

  9. Miachel @ Spiced Curiosity April 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Thank you! 🙂

    • Lori April 2, 2013 at 12:22 am #

      You’re welcome, Miachel. I hope you love it. Let me know.

  10. Beth @ The First Year Blog April 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Uh, yummm!!!! I have been looking for a great pizza dough recipe!
    I am stopping by from Sew Can Do’s link party!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

    • Lori April 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      Hi Beth,

      Hopefully you can stop looking! Let me know how you like it.

  11. Back For Seconds April 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    This looks wonderful!! I love homemade pizza. My husband makes an excellent pizza dough, but maybe we will give this recipe a try next time to compare! It looks sooo good 🙂 I am so happy you linked up to the Back for Seconds Social – I am featuring this recipe tomorrow!! Congrats 😉

    • Lori April 2, 2013 at 12:23 am #

      Oh, thank you so much for featuring this recipe on your site. If you try it, let me know how it compares with your husband’s ~ maybe we should swap recipes!

  12. Joanne T Ferguson August 23, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    G’day and love lots of cheese on my pizza too!
    I am also a BIG fan of pepperoni too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Link Party

  13. Sa August 26, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Ooh yum, this dough looks great! Thanks so much for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday link party this week!

  14. Lori April 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    All of the foods you featured look delicious. I’m honored to be featured with them. Thank you.

  15. Lori April 23, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    Thank you, Shauna, for the feature.


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