Kitchen Basics: Pizza Dough

Homemade pizzaI L-O-V-E pizza. It’s one of my favorite foods in the whole world. Me and pizza go way back and I’ve been making this pizza dough for, like, ever. It reminds me of the pizza place in my grandparent’s little hometown (Hip Pocket Pizza!!!). It’s not really thick crust and it’s not thin either. It’s a great hand-tossed version.

Pizza dough recipeEmma’s Favorite Pizza Dough, makes one 14 inch pizza.

Needed: 3/4 cup warm water, 3/4 teaspoon instant dry yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil.

In a small bowl combine the water, yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve, set aside. In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the yeast water and the olive oil. Knead for a couple minutes until dough is well combined and somewhat elastic. Lay in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise for 2 hours.

Pizza recipe

Best pizza dough recipePunch dough down (get angry!) and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out. Try to make a decent little circle, I never really achieve this though. 🙂 Bake at 375 F for 5-6 minutes then cover with sauce cheese and favorite toppings. Finish baking for another 10-12 minutes.

Do you have a favorite pizza dough recipe? We’d love to hear it. Happy baking. xo. Emma

  • Here’s mine…I like to do half whole wheat, so then I don’t feel so guilty about all that cheese!

  • My fave is definitely pioneer woman’s. It tastes perfect and you can load it up with lots of toppings and it holds up

  • I just made this pizza dough and it was PERFECT. Exactly the kind of crust I’ve been looking to achieve. Thanks so much for posting this! 🙂

  • ALWAYS ALWAYS use Wolfgang Puck’s pizza dough recipe. Highly recommend it! I usually add a little extra honey because I like my dough a little sweeter… 🙂


  • Looks so yummy! My favourite pizza dough is just tortillas or flat bread. So versatile, healthy and I can top it with tonnes of toppings 🙂

    xo Emilie @

  • Me and my BF have been looking for a good pizza dough recipe ^^ We might give this one a try, thanks for sharing this! xx

  • Hey, try to make dough with BEER! One small can and the other needed ingredients, my friends just love this!

  • I have a secret recipe for pizza dough passed onto me by an Italian friend from Naples…yours looks pretty awesome as well but I’m gonna stick to my guns for this time around 😉

  • Thanks so much for sharing! I saw this post last night, got the ingredients I didn’t already have, and had it for dinner tonight with my family. It was a big hit! Definitely making this again! <3

  • I am a mess when it comes to pizza dough. No matter what, I’m never able to get the center part of the dough cooked as well as the rest. It’s always soft and hard to handle. Any advice on how to fix this?

  • My favorite pizza toppings are olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese. Simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing the dough recipe!

  • WOW! That looks delicious! Never made pizza completely by myself but I think its time to do that!

  • Thanks so much for this tip! that pizza looks sooo good!


  • I’m not much of a baker myself, but I do like eating pizza!

  • It was only this week that my wife and I were eating a very thin crusted pizza in a restaurant in Barnstaple North Devon England, it was excellent and we discussed how the crust was made, your recipes looked just the thing and I intend trying it later this week.
    Will post a comment to let you know how I got on.
    Thank you
    Mike Smith posted from England (on holiday from New Zealand)

  • This looks super easy and delicious! I would have thought it was way harder than this. 🙂 Yum! Will have to try this soon.

  • wow looks yummy 😀
    one of my favorite recipe is grilled pizza with broccoli+lard!
    take 400gr of flour + yeast (smooth in a small cup of warm water) + 1 tbsp of salt + 1tbsp sugar + 2ts olive oil. the dough need to be elastic , but a little bit sticky too! after 2 hours, punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in 6 small balls-Roll out
    and then, brush each side with some olive oil- and it’s ready! grill it! (when you’re cooking the second side-put your toppings on!- i love broccoli(cooked with garlic and chili flakes)+ lard or ricotta+ham+ zucchini or ricotta+ham+figs or rocket+marinated peppers+goat’s cheese 🙂 try it, i think you’re gonna love it!

  • I always make my own pizza dough and it’s mostly the same; I only use yeast and no baking soda or powder though! 🙂

  • I will definitely try this one soon! Love pizza and always trying to find simple recipes to do it at home, and this looks great, so thanks! Just one question… Why is it that you use 1/8 teaspoon baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, and not just baking powder? Have you tried this already? Because when looking for it I found baking powder is the same as baking soda, only with an acidic content already present and suits better those recipes where you do not add any acidic ingredient such as lemon juice or tartar. However here we do not have an acidic ingredient in the list, so… probably no problem using only baking powder? I will try and will let you know 😉 xo Joana

  • Thank you for sharing! I was just looking for a recipe for pizza dough! none of the ones I tryed really turned out like I wanted! This looks get good! I need one that works for whole wheat flour, lets see if this one will work! 😉

  • I love pizza – Jamie Oliver’s deep pan pizza base recipe is my fave so far…although I’m yet to try yours!

  • try to put some spices (oregano, pizza spice, garlic powder..) in the dough itself. it’s a major upgrade!

  • I love pizza.. My sister makes it all the time at home 🙂

  • i grew up eating my mom’s homemade pizza dough. it was my fave until a few years back, when i bought rose levy beranbaum’s the bread bible (sorry, mom!). it’s super easy, super fast and the perfect size for one or two people. i usually make two recipes, adding about a teaspoon of italian herb blend to the dry ingredients. one recipe makes a pizza and the other gets a focaccia treatment. let it rise a little more than usual and make dimples with your fingertips; drizzle olive oil and finish with coarse sea salt. YUM.

    rose levy beranbaum’s pizza dough:

  • I love pizza, too. We rarely make our own dough, because there’s such a great organic version of ready made dough available around here. I’ve tried several recipes for homemade dough, but none of them was what I was looking for.
    Maybe I’ll try yours soon!


  • As someone who is cook by profession I absolutely LOVE all of your food posts! YUMMY! I will make this this weekend! Thanks and I LOVE you girls!!

    <3 Nikki

  • Girl…I am SO with you..I literally could eat pizza every single day and never get sick of it. The best part about making your own dough is that you can put on it anything…and amount, any seasoning, anything!! I love to make calzones too! Thanks for sharing your dough…hopefully soon I will post mine, it is quite similar but I love the thin, crunchy crust as well as the thicker one. Happy Eating:)

  • Holy moley!
    Yum Emma, this looks fantastic! I live two doors away from this gourmet pizza joint and I can almost smell the dough baking now! Foodgasms all over the desk.

    xo L

  • These kitchen basics are so simple and helpful. I was just thinking today that I needed a good pizza dough recipe. I love making quickly pizzas using pesto as the sauce and mozzarella on top.

  • Looks awesome! I love pizza and am always looking for new recipes.

  • I just ate a whole bowl of pasta and now I want pizza, thanks a lot… 😉

  • pizza is my greatest weakness! i just can’t resist it!
    thanks for the GREAT dough recipe- i’m going to make this & gobble it down immediately 🙂

  • Thank you SO much for this! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for weeks and this one is so simple! 🙂

  • My pizza dough recipe is very simple! 1 cup of self raising flour and 1 cup of natural yogurt and some extra flour for dusting on your board when kneading it. This makes one large pizza. Too easy!

  • I usually use the whole wheat recipe that comes with the kitchen aid mixer, ya know to have a healthly pizza. I also really like that one you tried on your old blog for use in a cast iron skillet. I like putting cheese in the thick crust, not so healthly.

  • This looks awesome! I love pizza, and making my own dough! I’ll have to try this recipe out 🙂


  • Have you ever attempted to freeze the dough after it has risen and been punched? If so how did it turn out?

  • Wow this looks so good. I need to try this before summer is over! The pizza looks amazing. I love the kitchen basics.

  • I just have to say that these photos are fantastic! Will you do a post about food photography? I’m horrible at it and have so many recipes to share on my blog.


  • My favorite is the Pioneer Woman recipe. it doesn’t have to rise and it tastes good. I like to pre-bake it for about 5 minutes, so the bottom gets a little more crispy.

  • Pizza, oh sweet lord I can eat a whole pizza all by myself. I have tasted almost every pizza combination, except the Hawaii version. Because of the pineapple. I have pineapple, it’s like bliah…

  • Making homeade pizza dough sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. I’ve made it a few times and it’s super easy and good to make in bulk so you can freeze.

    – tianna

  • Thanks for the recipe! It looks really good. I love pizza, and homemade is the best! I always have dough from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day ready in my fridge, so when I want pizza I just use that. It’s really easy and tastes amazing. I also highly recommend a pizza stone. The crust comes out so much better when I use one. I’ll have to try your recipe next time.

  • Oh thanks for sharing this! I’m a huge pizza lover too and was searching for a good recipe, so this is just perfect!

  • We love pizza here too. I’m always making pizza dough and freezing some for when we’re craving pizza. The possibilities are endless too: We love arugula and spinach, bratwurst and the everything pizza (anything we can find in the fridge!).

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