Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 594.7
  • Total Fat: 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 1,172.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 112.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 15.7 g

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Introduction

This recipe makes enough dough for 2-large pizzas. I'll often divide the dough in four and freeze smaller balls for use as calzones later!
*cooking time includes "rising-time"
*calorie count given is for 1/2 this recipe (one LARGE serving)
This recipe makes enough dough for 2-large pizzas. I'll often divide the dough in four and freeze smaller balls for use as calzones later!
*cooking time includes "rising-time"
*calorie count given is for 1/2 this recipe (one LARGE serving)

Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients


    2 ¼ cup all purpose flour (More, if required)
    1 Tbs. Active dry yeast
    1 Tsp. salt
    1 cup very warm water
    1 Tsp. sugar
    1 Tbs. Olive oil, divided

Directions

1.In a large bowl, combine 2 ¼ cup flour, yeast and salt. Stir until ingredients are well mixed.

2.In a small bowl, combine water, sugar and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil.

3.Slowly add water mixture to flour mixture. More flour may be added (1-tablespoon at a time) if, after mixing, the dough is still too soft.

4.Knead dough well with hands for 20-25 seconds.

5. Place the dough in a small bowl that has been coated with a non-stick spray; turn the dough to lightly coat with 'oil'. Cover with plastic wrap or a small plate and allow dough to rise at room temperature for 35 to 40 minutes; dough should double in size.

6.Punch the dough down and let sit for 10 minutes.

7.With lightly floured hands, spread dough over a 12-14 inch pizza pan that has been sprayed with non-stick oil. Push the dough up to the edge of the pan forming a rim, if desired.

8.With a fork, prick the dough 10-15 times.

9.Brush with the remaining 1-teaspoon oil.


Dough Variations:
-Add two-tsp. caraway seeds to dough while kneading.
-Add ¾ cup shredded mozzarella to dough while kneading.
-Replace 1-cup of the flour, with 1-cup cornmeal.
-Replace any or all of the white flour with whole wheat flour.
-Add 2 tsp. cracked black pepper to flour and salt mixture.
-Add 2 Tbs. Minced garlic to the flour and salt mixture.
-Add 1 tsp. basil and 1 tsp. oregano to flour and salt mixture.
-Add 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash (any flavour) to flour and salt mixture.
-I like to add thyme and rosemary to the dough while kneading


Baking Suggestions

-Pre-cooking the shell for 5 minutes on each side will result in a crispier, more solid crust.

-Top shell as desired. Bake at 450 degrees for 14-16 minutes; watch carefully.

This recipe makes enough dough for 2-large pizzas.

I'll often divide the dough in four and freeze smaller balls for use as calzones later!

*cooking time includes "rising-time"
*calorie count given is for 1/2 this recipe (one LARGE serving). Really, each pizza should feed two! ;-)

Number of Servings: 2

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BONNIE1970.

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    The main reason I picked this recipe is because the instructions were easy to follow. It is definitely the best I've made and I even had picky eaters go back for more! This is a keeper! I used bread flour because I had it in my cabinet. - 6/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is my new favorite pizza dough recipe! It turned out just perfect. I even ate the crust (and I don't like crust!). Made with 1/2 whole wheat flour & thyme and rosemary. This will be a new staple in our house. - 5/8/09

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  • I picked this to try out a new recipe for my blog (Journeyaroundthespicerack.com). Absolutely loved the pizza dough, will definitely be bookmarking this recipe for future creations :) - 9/13/15

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  • I used this last week and it was perfect for me.
    going to use it again today and add the suggested garkic ointo the mix. It's sooooo easy! - 3/15/15

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  • This recipe was easy to follow and my entire family loved it. I think I'll add a little less water next time as I had to add a half a cup of extra flour in order to really work with the dough, but it was still great. I'm not sure how to get 2 large pizzas out of this though, I only got one. - 1/3/12

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