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Making the Perfect Pizza Dough

Making the Perfect Pizza Dough

It all comes down to a solid base; whether you're talking about a building, painting, or pizza. If you want a good-tasting pie, you have to master the dough. There's just no way around it.

But making your own pie can be intimidating — there's the yeast (it's alive!) and figuring out how to roll it out without overhandling or tearing it. We've already told you how to perfect the pie, so now we are focusing on the basics: making the perfect dough.

We've turned to Jeff Mahin, chef and partner at Stella Rossa Pizza Bar, who offered fantastic and helpful tips so that you'll be set each step of the way. From the quality of the water you use to properly folding the dough, he sets you up for success. Plus, he adapted his pizza dough recipe from the restaurant for home cooks so that anyone can make delicious pie at home.

And once you've gotten the base down, you can experiment with different toppings and sauces so that this basic pie never gets boring and will become a go-to dinner staple in your household.

Check out his tips below and let us know how your pie turns out!

1. A Word on Ingredients

While some dough can have numerous ingredients like oil, butter, sugar, eggs, various enhancers, and stabilizers, for me, true pizza dough consists of four simple ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt. These are the building blocks of the ideal crust. With that said, being that there are only four ingredients, it is of the utmost importance that their quality is top notch.

The Flour

At Stella Rossa Pizza Bar, we worked exhaustively with our local farmers to grow, mill, and blend the specific flour we use in our dough, because the dough is the most important part of the pizza — the cornerstone, if you will. The type of flour you choose will ultimately dictate the texture and flavor you end up with. For the home baker, I would recommend using organic unbleached bread flour. You want one with a protein percentage of about 12-13 percent, as this will allow you to have a crust that is airy, crispy, and chewy.

Water

While you can use any old tap water, I would strongly recommend filtered water. Water varies from area to area, so while a recipe may work great in California, it might not work in New York — have you had a good New York bagel outside of the grand NYC? Exactly my point.

Salt

Salt is also important for the overall process of the dough, as well as for the end flavor. If you add too little salt to your dough, you will have flat, almost watery tasting dough. On the other hand, if you add too much salt, the obvious happens and your pizza dough is salty. Point being, make sure you are adding just enough salt to the dough because it is an essential component.

Yeast

You can approach this in so many ways. The more advanced techniques include natural leavened starters — poolish, bigas, and so on — as these are all created to impart more flavor and structure into the dough itself. While in the restaurant we have systems and time schedules to maintain our starter, at home I would recommend fresh or instant yeast and a longer fermentation.

2. Fermentation

Many people advertise that dough requires 24-plus hours to make. What they don't say is that for much of that time, the dough is simply sitting in a container. Take for example our process at Stella Rossa Pizza Bar. We allow our dough to "bulk ferment" or rest, for at least 24 hours. The reason for doing this is to create a better flavor and overall structure of the dough. You can do this at home by simply putting the dough in a container at least twice the size of the dough, covering it, and placing it in the fridge.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.


Basic Pizza Dough

A nice slice of pizza is one of life's greatest pleasures. Just ask Ree Drummond, who loves pizza so much that she and her husband, Ladd, started their own pizza restaurant, P-Town Pizza, in their hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. P-Town serves dozens of pies with unique toppings, but they all have one thing in common: the perfect basic pizza dough.

You've probably been going to your favorite pizza place for years and maybe you've even wondered how you can recreate their dough. Well, here's some good news: The team at P-Town Pizza shared a version of their basic pizza dough recipe so you can make your own similar pies at home! According to the team, it took about 73 tries to perfect this recipe&mdashso you can trust that it's delicious! Read on for how to make it yourself.

How do you make easy pizza dough from scratch?

Pizza dough is actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. You just need flour, water and yeast, plus a little olive oil and salt. You also need time and patience! Check out the recipe below for specific steps.

Is yeast necessary for pizza dough?

The short answer here is yes. Yeast is the most important ingredient in this basic pizza dough because it is the leavening agent. Without it, the dough would be flat and not rise, and it wouldn't have any of those bubbles that make the crust chewy and crispy. You can find yeast-free pizza dough recipes out there (some people mix yogurt with self-rising flour), but that will give you a very different texture. For the true pizza parlor experience, a basic pizza dough that calls for yeast is recommended.

What is the secret to good pizza dough?

Making great pizza dough is an art, but it all starts with a solid dough recipe, like the one below. Some helpful things to remember when making this recipe: Be sure the temperature of your water isn't too cold (or the yeast won't bloom) or too hot (which will kill the yeast). The sweet spot for the water is about 110˚and you should use a thermometer to check. Also, don't skimp on rising time&mdashthis is key for developing both flavor and texture.

Can I use regular flour for pizza dough?

Yes! The recipe below calls for regular all-purpose flour. Some recipes call for bread flour or self-rising flour, which have different protein levels that contribute to the texture of the dough. It is best to use the type of flour that your recipe calls for to get the best results.