The ULTIMATE Pizza Dough Recipe - this easy pizza dough makes the BEST soft pizza crust. Make white, whole wheat, or even gluten free pizza with this recipe.
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Servings: 8 servings

The ULTIMATE Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
This is the ULTIMATE Pizza Dough Recipe! This easy pizza crust can be made thick or thin or personal sized with whole wheat or gluten free flour. It can be baked or grilled and topped with whatever you like for the best dinner (or even dessert).

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons 1 normal sized packet active-dry or fast-acting yeast — see instructions for different baking directions
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups all purpose flour — approximate, see notes for alternative flours

Instructions

If using ACTIVE DRY YEAST:

  1. Measure warm water (between 100°-110°F) in a measuring cup, then add the yeast and sugar. Stir gently, then let sit until it’s active and foamy. This will happen within 5 minutes. If it doesn’t, your water may have been too hot or cold or your yeast may be old. It is important to use a thermometer to measure your water temp. An instant read thermometer is best but in a pinch a meat thermometer will do.

  2. Stand mixer preparation: add salt, oil, and 2 cups of flour to the mixing bowl. Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer. Stir the flour mixture gently while adding the proofed yeast mixture. Run the mixer on low speed until the mixture is combined and wet and then add the third cup of flour. The mixture should come together into a ball that is just a bit sticky.
  3. By hand preparation: stir salt, oil, and 2 cups flour in a large mixing bowl, stirring in the yeast mixture as you go, using a wooden spoon. Add the third cup of flour and then stir until you can’t anymore. Remove the spoon and then use your hands to work the dough into a ball that is slightly sticky.
  4. Spray a second large bowl with nonstick cooking spray, add your pizza dough ball, then spray the top lightly with cooking spray and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area of the kitchen and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.

If using FAST-ACTING YEAST:

  1. Mix 1 cup flour with salt, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Set aside. If doing this by hand, just mix it in a large bowl.

  2. Measure warm water (between 120°-130°F) in a measuring cup. Add the oil. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with dough hook, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until a wet mixture forms. Add one more cup flour and continue mixing, then add as much flour as you need for the dough to come together in a ball (about 3/4 cup - 1 cup). If doing this by hand, use a wooden spoon until you can't anymore then get your hands in the bowl.

  3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Knead for just a few minutes, or until the dough comes together and springs back when pressed with two fingers. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

When you're ready to bake:

  1. Note: this pizza dough can make 1 thicker crust or 2 thin crust 10-12” pizzas, or 4-6 small personal sized pizzas.
  2. When ready to make pizza: turn out dough onto a lightly floured cutting board or a sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle with more flour if needed so you can stretch and flatten the dough into your desired size.
  3. Cut parchment paper to fit the pan you’re using, hanging over just about an inch on all sides our circumference. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place pizza pan in the oven while the oven is preheating. Place your pizza dough on the sized parchment paper and top as desired. Once the oven is up to temperature, carefully transfer the pizza to the hot pan (be careful - pan is HOT). Cook until the cheese is melted and crust is slightly browned, 10-20 minutes depending on thickness, size, and toppings.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Whole wheat pizza crust: Use white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, or go half and half, using all purpose and regular whole wheat flour.
Gluten free? Great! Use a one-to-one gluten free flour that you can substitute for all-purpose. The dough won't rise and will have a slightly different texture.
Thick crust pizza: this pizza dough recipe makes one 12" puffy chewy crust.
Thin crust: Cut the dough into two pieces and make two 12" thin crusts.
Cut the dough into 4-6 pieces for PERSONAL pizzas!
Breadsticks? NO PROBLEM. Flatten the dough then slice into sticks.
Fast acting yeast is called by different names depending on brand. Fleischmann's Yeast calls it Rapid Rise, for example.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 /8th) — Calories: 211, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 285mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 5g