Pizza Dough (19746)This article contains the best pizza dough recipe I have ever made. This recipe is specifically for a bread machine, but you could also use the ingredients and make the dough by hand (though I have never tried it this way).

Making homemade pizza dough is a great way to personalize your own pizza at home. This recipe makes enough dough for two large pizzas.

Things You Will Need

Pizza Dough

1 cup water
3 cups bread flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. yeast


pizza stone
pizza peel
bread machine

Once the dough is ready, split it into two pieces and roll each out separately on a lightly-floured surface until it's the right size to fit on the pizza stone. If you don't have a stone, I highly recommend getting one. They are pretty cheap and they can be used for baking bread, rolls, cookies and other great things as well. Some stones even came as a set with a stone, wood peel, cutter and rack.

Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon cornmeal over the stone once it's hot to keep the pizza from sticking. Also, sprinkle some cornmeal on the paddle so the dough doesn't stick when you transfer it to the oven.

If you'd like, you can pre-bake the pizza dough a little before you put any toppings on it. This makes the dough crunchy with a good chewiness to it. Just place each dough, separately, on the stone in a preheated oven at 450 degrees. Put the stone in while the oven is heating so it's hot when the dough gets placed on it. Once it is spread evenly over the stone, make several puncture holes with a fork to help keep the bubbling down (you will see what I mean). Brush the entire surface of the dough with a light layer of olive oil. This will help keep the dough chewy and not brittle. As it bakes, check on it to make sure its not bubbling. If it is, just press down any large bubbles with a spatula. Once the dough starts to become golden, take it out of the oven and place your favorite toppings on it.

Tips & Warnings

You can also use this recipe to make calzones. Instead of laying the dough flat on the pizza stone, just fold it over and seal in the contents before you bake.