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Basic Pizza Dough

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Rating: 4/5
14 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   3 crusts

recipe id: 12521
Basic Pizza Dough Recipe
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This basic recipe for pizza crusts can be used with your favorite pizza toppings. It can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to two days.

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2 packages dry active yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil


Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water (should be about 105 degrees F) and let sit for about 5-7 minutes or until it becomes active. Stir it a couple of times to make sure all the yeast is activated.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and oil. Mix well to combine and make a well in the center. Add the yeast and water into the well. Use a kneading action to incorporate the yeast into the flour mixture.

Continue kneading, adding more water or flour as needed, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Form the dough into a ball and place back in the bowl with a damp cloth covering it. Let it rise for 20-30 minutes in a draft-free place.

Punch down the dough to remove any air bubbles. Form it into a ball again and place in a greased bowl. Gently brush it with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator.

When ready to bake your pizza, place the dough on a floured work space. Press it out with the heels of your hands into a large circle (about 12-14 inches). Make sure to press the dough evenly.

Add sauce and toppings as desired and bake at 475 degrees F until edges are golden brown and cheese (if using) is melted.

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166 calories, 2 grams fat, 32 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein per 1/4 crust. This recipe is low in fat.
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May 3, 1999

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Fantastic! Good texture and really easy. I sprinkled the dough with italian seasoning before adding the sauce and toppings.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
We love this pizza crust. I use it anytime we make pizza. We usually just eat two big pizzas for the whole family so I use the rest of the dough to make pizza sticks for dipping. Works great.

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Sep 14, 2008

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Very easy and quick to make. Used my Kitchenaid mixer to knead the dough and my little girls had fun rolling out the pizza crusts. We added a little garlic salt before baking. Even my pickiest eater liked this crust! We made 3 pizzas with everyone's favorite toppings for less than $10.00!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Thanks so much to the review that suggested it needed more spices. So I played with the recipe, my favorite thing to do, and everyone loved it! Here's what I did:

1 tsp salt
upped the sugar to a tsp
1 tsp of garlic salt,
1 tbl of basil
1 tbl of rosemary.

By complete accident, I used 2 1/2 cups of regular white flour and 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, which was perfect because it didn't overwhelm the crust. I had three perfect pizza crusts!!

This recipe is excellent for a starting ground if you like to experiment.

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Mar 11, 2008

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I will make this dough again, but I'll make two pizzas next time (we only made one this time, and it turned out to be too thick for our liking). other than that, this dough was great.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Easy to make.Kids loved it. Simple and quick.Pizzas turned out great.Now every Friday is Pizza Day!!

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
I made this crust last night and did not care for it. It wasn't horrible, but was kind of spongy. The crust didn't have much flavor and didn't support the toppings at all.

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Aug 4, 2006

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is the BEST, the BEST pizza crust recipe I have ever used!! Flavor and texture was lovely and the recipe is quick and easy making it perfect for a quick weeknight pizza made with real food instead of Heaven-knows-what in home-delivered chain pizzas. I even adjusted to make just one crust and it still turned out wonderful. (The change yeild/servings feature is a wonderful feature by the way. I do not think I have seen anyone else have this feature on their website, so kudos to CdKitchen!) This will be the 1st recipe I add to my recipe box. ;>)

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Apr 2, 2006

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
You can't get any better then this on ease of preparation and basic pizza dough flavor. I think next time I'll add a bit of garlic to the dough !Yum!

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Absolutely perfect dough! I have made many pizza doughs and this is the first that turned out stupendous.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Makes a nice crispy crust. Very forgiving recipe.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Easy to follow for the amateur. Very good recipe.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Overall a good recipe, and easy to follow. My household found that it lacked flavor, though; trying the recipe a second time I doubled the amount of seasonings and the resulting crust met with rave reviews.

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Jan 5, 2006

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
absolutly fantastic recipe. worked spot on!

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