pizza dough

Basic Pizza Dough

pizza dough

Basic Pizza Dough

Mike Nadelman
Easy to make homemade dough is perfect for pizza night. Let everyone top their own for a made-to-order dinner everyone will love.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 minute
Course Snack
Cuisine Bread, Pizza, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 10" pizzas


  • 4 cups bread flour or Tipo 00 Italian flour plus more for rolling
  • 1 1/2 cups beer at room temperature amber ale works well
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast in a 1/4 cup of warm water 110 degrees F
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 2 teaspoons


  • Mix the ingredients together to form a soft dough. (you can also use a kitchen mixer like a Kitchen Aid and run it at low for 1 or 2 minutes)
  • Let rest for 10 minutes, then knead with a stand mixer for 5 minutes, or by hand for 7 to 8 minutes until smooth.
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
  • Punch the dough to de-gass it and divide it into 4 equal sized balls.
  • Cover the balls of dough and let rest 60 minutes then shape.
  • To shape your pizza take a ball of dough and press into a disc shape.
  • Lightly flour top and bottom and gently press and pull the dough with your finger tips, turning it often to create a 10 inch circle and top with your choice of ingredients.



I recently was sent a bag of Tipo 00 flour to make pizza dough and fell in love with the tender dough it creates. Cento Anna Napoletana creates a light crust that is crisp on the outside but tender to the bite. In Italy, flour is classified either as 1, 0, or 00, and refers to how finely ground the flour is and how much of the bran and germ have been removed. 00 flour is the most highly refined and is talcum-powder soft. I will never go back to all-purpose flour for my pizza again! You can buy Tipo 00 Flour for pizza at Amazon or a local grocer that specializes in Italian foods.
The difference between all-purpose flour and tipo 00 is that the tipo 00 hydrates very easily as it is so fine so will find yourself adding more water to your dough than you usually do. You do want to make a moist, almost sticky dough. You can use flour to keep it from sticking to your hands or your work surface. Because this dough is so soft, the addition of olive oil to this dough isn’t necessary but feel free to add it if you prefer the flavor with the addition of the oil. I found the dough made using tipo 00 flour was much easier to handle and shape as well which is yet another benefit! I mix and knead my dough by hand but feel free to use a table mixer if you prefer. If you do not plan to use your dough for a few hours, you should refrigerate it in a covered container, and take it out of the refrigerator an hour or so before you want to use it. I usually make my dough the day before I plan to use it as the overnight refrigeration helps to develop flavor.
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