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Homemade Pizza Dough

Note: You can make your dough and allow to rise slowly over two days in the fridge, or use an hour after kneading if left on the counter.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy dinner recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 2 9" crusts
Author Linda Spiker


  • 1 ¾ cups bread flour, separated
  • 1 ¾ tsp instant dry yeast
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ T olive oil
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Corn meal, for use on the pizza paddle (must have!)


  1. Measure out 1 ¾ cups flour

  2. Place ½ cup of the pre-measured flour into a separate large bowl

  3. Add water, yeast and honey to bowl with 1/2 flour

  4. Whisk and set aside for 5 minutes.
  5. After the mixture has rested for five minutes, add salt, garlic powder, and olive oil.
  6. Whisk until combined. Add remaining flour one half cup at a time and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula

  7. When dough is combined, use your hands to knead into a dough ball

  8. Turn out on a generously floured surface and knead for 6-8 minutes, adding small amounts of flour to surface until dough stops sticking to your hands and counter.
  9. As soon as dough no longer sticks to hands or counter, stop adding flour

  10. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic

  11. Allow to sit for 15 minutes

  12. After the fifteen minutes is up, cut the dough ball in half for two 9" thin crust pizzas

  13. If you are using the dough right away, let it rise for another hour and then roll out and top with your favorite toppings.

  14. If you are using slow rise method: brush dough with a little olive oil, place dough ball(s) into quart size baggies, or a glass bowl covered with plastic and let rise in the fridge for two days. Then follow directions below for rolling and topping dough.