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How To Make Pizza Dough At Home

How To Make Pizza Dough At Home

Sneha Paul
Learn how to make pizza dough/base at home with this step by step recipe.
Prep Time 6 mins
Rest Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 36 mins
Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 9 inch pizza


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp sugar caster or superfine
  • tsp instant dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 -1 cup water lukewarm
  • Olive oil for greasing
  • All-purpose flour for dusting


  • Take a large bowl, add all-purpose flour, salt and sugar. Give it a good mix.
  • Then add instant dry yeast and mix well. Always remember, you should never add the yeast on top of the salt, as it can deactivate it.
  • Pour olive oil and a little lukewarm water into the flour. Give it a mix.
  • Gradually pour more water and form a slightly sticky dough. Depending upon the quality of the flour, you may require 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water. Simply add it in small batches and as soon as the dough comes together, stop adding more liquid.
  • Sprinkle flour over the rolling surface or mat. Place the dough over it. Knead it for 5 minutes. Now you can knead it in two way.
  • First Method: Place the dough over the floured surface and stretch it with the heel of your palm, away from your face. Then fold it back and rotate the dough 90-degrees in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. Again stretch, fold and rotate. Keep repeating until the dough is smooth.
  • Second Method: Apply flour on your palm. Hold the dough and fold the edges into the centre, away from your face. Just like folding a book. Then turn it and fold again. Continue folding it for around 8-9 times. I saw this technique on Natasha’s Kitchen and I prefer this method over the previous one.
  • To check if the dough is ready to rise, press it with your finger and it should bounce back. Otherwise, keep kneading it.
  • Then take the same bowl which you used for the dough (you can also take a clean bowl if you like). Drizzle a little olive oil. Brush it well. After that place the dough into the bowl. Brush a little oil over the top of the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap. Let it rise at room temperature (slightly warm) for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • Note: During summer it may double in size in just 30 minutes to 1 hour. But in winters, it may require more time.
  • So after the dough rises, unwrap the bowl. Then punch it down to deflate the dough. It will help in releasing all the air bubbles.
  • Bring the sides to the centre and form a smooth ball.
  • Flip the dough and place it over a clean plate, so that the seam side faces down against the plate.
  • Cover it with cling wrap. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes. The dough will rise again. As you can see in the picture.
  • Pizza dough is ready! Just roll it out and make any pizza of your choice.
Keyword homemade pizza, pizza dough, pizza dough with instant yeast