Pizza dough

(105 ratings)
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  • Makes: 4

  • Prep time:

    plus 45 mins
  • Cooking time:

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly

Pizza dough made the classic Italian way is so easy to make and you'll end up with the tastiest of pizza bases. Watch our video guide to find out just how simple it is to make a delicious pizza base and you'lll never go back to buying ready-made bases, or even ready-made pizzas for that matter! Everyone loves a good slice of pizza, especially on Friday night when you’re getting ready to watch a film with the family. But instead of popping out to the shop and buying one, why not turn it in to an activity and make a homemade pizza with the kids. The kids will love getting involved making the pizza dough and well as adding their favourite toppings and plenty of cheese too. This recipe for homemade pizza dough is much healthier than shop-bought or takeaway. The dough is made from bread flour, yeast and a pinch of salt. This pizza dough recipe is a real family favourite because it's so tasty and easy to make. Once you've perfected this pizza base recipe you'll never look at the readymade ones in the same way again. Leftover dough can be frozen and thawed before rolling out and using again to make pizzas. This recipe also shows you how to top your pizza dough too from tomato sauce to cheese. Trust us, this will be the best pizza you’ll ever try!


  • 500g strong white bread flour or 00 Italian flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2tsp fast action yeast
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp salt
  • 300ml tepid water
Topping for 1 pizza:
  • 1 tbsp cherry tomato pasta sauce
  • ½ ball mozzarella, torn
  • 4 artichokes, in oil
  • Handful sunblushed tomatoes
  • 3 slices Parma ham
  • Handful fresh basil leaves


  1. In a food processor, whiz together flour, yeast, olive oil, salt and water, until just combined.
  2. Knead the dough on a floured worktop for 5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with a sheet of oiled cling film and set aside until doubled in size (this will take around 45 minutes).
  3. Heat oven to 230C,gas 8. Divide the dough into 4. Flour your work surface and using a rolling pin and your hands, roll a piece of dough into a circle. (The bigger you go the thinner your crust).
  4. Transfer each pizza base to a floured baking sheet.
  5. Spread with 1tbsp tomato sauce and your chosen toppings. Bake for 10 minutes.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Really loved this, my lot were a little wary when I suggested making our own but they loved it. Made the tom sauce too and enough left over to make another 3/4 pizzas. Has inspired me to have a dabble a making my own bread again.


i want to make pizza cones so will this dough be suitable?

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Russell - yes you can freeze pizza dough and defrost at room temp.

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Renee - it's best to use plain flour as you want to the dough to stay flat and not rise.


can self raising flour use to make pizza


Hi Please could you tell me if the pizza dough, once made, can be stored in any way either fresh or frozen? Thanks


It turned out lovely and worth making again. I had it in the oven for about 15 minutes and my husband and family enjoyed it. I will be saving this recipe. Thank you.

GTK Recipes ed

Hi liz313, this recipe is just for the dough and not the pizza. The time in the oven depends on what kind of pizza you are making. You can see all of our pizza recipes here: Enjoy your pizza!


I am making this at the moment but it does not say how long it has to go in the oven for which is a bit annoying!

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