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Basic Pizza Dough

Lisa Kalabokis

All seasons

"Who doesn’t love pizza? With just a few, simple pantry staples you can have fresh, homemade dough on the table in no time.

It’s so easy in fact that you can make a big batch and freeze the remaining dough for later use, giving frozen pizza the makeover it deserves!

This recipe is also incredibly interactive, giving kids the opportunity to see the progress the dough makes as it rises."

-Lisa Kalabokis, Green City Market Head Chef Educator

Little Chef recipe involvement:

This recipe is great for all ages. It doesn’t require any cooking (until you make pizza, that is!) and requires kids to get their hands dirty. 

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  • ¾ cup warm water 
  • 1 pack dry yeast (¼ oz)
  • 1 TBS sugar or honey
  • ⅛ cup oil, like olive or canola
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Yield: 1 pizza dough


  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar into water. Allow to sit in a warm place for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast begins to bloom.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, half of the oil and yeast mixture and begin to mix roughly with your hands.
  3. Once a shaggy dough begins to form, add the salt and continue to mix until a smooth dough begins to form.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl. Begin to knead the dough on a floured service for 1-2 minutes, or until dough feels elastic.
  5. Pour the rest of the oil into the bowl and add dough ball,  coating evenly with oil.
  6. Wrap bowl tightly with plastic, and allow dough to rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  7. Beat down the dough and recover, allowing an additional 30 minute rise. 
  8. Roll out pizza dough and top with your favorite toppings! 

Tip: If you’re freezing your dough, flatten into a large circle and store in a ziplock bag. This will cut down on thawing time.

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