Basic Pizza Dough—By Machine

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Basic Pizza Dough—By Machine


Makes 4 individual pizzas

  • 1 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for oiling bowl
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar or honey
  • 1 envelope rapid-rise yeast, about 2-1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting hands and work surfaces


If your kitchen is cool, preheat oven to 150ºF or the lowest setting. Pour water into work bowl of a large food processor. Sprinkle oil, sugar and yeast over water and pulse several times until mixed. Add flour and salt and process until mixture comes together. Dough should be soft and slightly sticky. (If it is very sticky, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until smooth. If it is still too stiff, add water,1 tablespoon at a time and pulse until smooth)

Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand to form a smooth, round ball. Put dough into a clean bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot or turn off the oven and stick it in there. Let rise until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour in the warm spot, or 15 minutes in the oven. When dough has risen, punch dough down and knead on a lightly floured surface for several minutes or until smooth.

Divide dough into two four 4-inch balls and proceed with pizza-making instructions. (Dough may be made ahead, frozen until needed and thawed at room temperature.)

Makes enough dough for 2 individual pizza crusts

PizzaElizabeth Karmel