Dave’s Simple Pizza Dough

Simple Pizza Dough


3 cups Flour

1 tbsp Yeast – Active Dry

1 cup Water – Filtered

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Sucrose

1 tbsp Olive Oil (optional)


1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt – whisk well to combine

2. In a small bowl combine sugar and yeast – mix well

3. Heat the water in the microwave until slightly warm – anything above 95°F is too hot

4. Combine the sugar/yeast mixture with the warm water – stir constantly to prevent clumping

5. Allow yeast to proof for several minutes, or until substantial foaming is taking place

5. Whisk in the olive oil to form an emulsion

6. Combine the liquid mixture with the dry ingredients and form into a dough

7. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until a smooth, consistent dough is formed

8. Add a little flour if dough becomes too sticky to knead

9. Grease a large bowl with oil and place dough-ball inside. Roll the dough so the top-side is oiled

10. Cover with foil or plastic wrap. Wait for the dough to double in bulk…sometimes overnight

11. Remove dough from bowl and re-knead to remove any large air bubbles

12. Divide dough into two, equal parts and form into neat balls

13. Sprinkle cornmeal in a large covered dish (at least 3in deep) – place dough-balls on the cornmeal – cover the dish loosely

14. Allow dough to rise into a thick, pancake shape before use

15. If not to be used immediately, cover the dish loosely and place in refrigerator – up to a few days

16. To form the pizza pie, press down the center of the dough, leaving a 1 inch ring around the outside.  Use cornmeal to prevent sticking.  when the center portion of the dough is flattened, toss until desired diameter is achieved

Link to Dave’s Famous Pizza Sauce

Source: David Fesperman (Father-in-Law)

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