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Basic Pizza Dough Recipe For How To Make Pizza Dough

Pizza dough

Published: March 29, 2022 at 11:13 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus proving
  • Easy
  • Makes 2 x 26cm pizzas

Homemade pizza tastes so much better than the supermarket version. This basic pizza dough requires only four ingredients and is super simple to make


Try this recipe for homemade pizza dough, then check out more flatbread recipes. Take your pizza-making skills to the next level with our pizza sauce.


  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp (from a sachet) fast-action yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp olive oil


  • STEP 1

    Put the flour, yeast and 1 tsp of sea salt in a bowl. Measure out 125ml warm water then stir in the sugar and 2 tbsp olive oil. Add to the flour, mixing until it forms a dough. Tip onto a lightly oiled worksurface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth.

  • STEP 2

    Put in a clean, lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave to prove somewhere warm for 1 hour.

  • STEP 3

    Knock the dough back and divide into 2. Roll and gently pull each piece out into a thin 28cm pizza on a sheet of baking paper.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put 2 heavy baking sheets on shelves near the top of the oven and leave them to heat for at least 10 minutes.

  • STEP 5

    To finish the pizzas, spread 2-3 tbsp of prepared tomato sauce over each then add toppings and mozzarella. Lift the baking paper with the topped pizzas onto the baking trays. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the base is crisp and top bubbling.

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