Kitchenaid Crusty Pizza Dough

"This is an easy, really good pizza dough from the cookbook that came with my KitchenAid mixer. Last night, I topped it with grilled vegetables, pine nuts, and fresh mozzarella but the possibilities are endless. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
1 14inch pizza




  • Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl.
  • Add salt, olive oil, and 2 1/2 cup flour.
  • Attach bowl and dough hook, turn to speed 2 and mix 1 minute.
  • Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough clings to dough hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2 for 2 minutes.
  • Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  • Cover, let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
  • Punch dough down.
  • Brush 14 inch pizza pan with oil.
  • Press dough across bottom of pan forming collar around edge to hold filling Top with fillings and bake at 450°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Questions & Replies

  1. I made 2 batches of dough. Both have proofed and risen. I just put one in the freezer and will use the other tonight. Do I need to refrigerate it for the next couple of hours or can it stay on the counter? (It's a chilly NY snow day anyway)


  1. I use this recipe all the time. It is important to only put as much flour as needed usually closer to 2.5 than 3.5 cups. Sometimes I double the olive oil, sometimes I add herbs to the dough such as rosemary or italian seasoning.
  2. Great! I only needed about 2 1/2-3 cups flour and proofed the yeast with a tsp of sugar. I did knead it in the mixer for at least 5 minutes until I thought the dough was ready. I let rise for 1 hour then a second rise for 45 minutes. I was able to stretch and roll this out to a huge round pizza (we like it thin) and still save a small ball of dough to make my son one for lunch tomorrow. Thanks Kitten!
  3. I LOVE this dough recipe. I used to make it all the time when my KA mixer was new, then I lost the recipe book. I use a white wheat flour now, and it's dryer for some reason, so I end up adding a few TBS warm water to the mix while it's mixing. So if you use a whole grain flour, add water if dough it acting crumbly and not balling up as it should!
  4. TIPS:<br/><br/>follow the recipe exactly as written, you will notice that the dough becomes this doughy mess that doesn't all stick together, slowly add water and oil in small amounts until you notice the dough starting to stick together. At one point I paused the kitchen aid and formed the dough into a ball on my own, dropped it back in and let the machine work it for a few minutes longer, turned out great! <br/><br/>As others have mentioned I let the kitchen aid work the dough for at least five minutes. <br/><br/>My home is fairly cool so in order to create a warm environment for the dough I set the oven to 125 (the lowest it would go), then turned it off before the oven had the chance to fully heat up and let the dough rise in the warm oven. make sure to coat the top of the dough as well as the sides of the bowl in some oil. The top was a tiny bit crust but don't worry about it, when it was fully risen i quickly kneaded it in and it was great!<br/><br/>ALSO! i prefer my dough not as crispy and hard so if you are not making a super thin crust pizza you should lower the oven temp to 350 and cool longer!<br/><br/>GOOD LUCK! HAPPY COOKING! =)
  5. I usually make pizza every Sunday and for the last 2 months this has been my go to recipe for dough. I made a 15" Detroit style deep dish on my grill in my cast iron pan last weekend and It came out perfect and my wife loved it. Thanks for a great recipe!
    • Review photo by Amitabh S.


  1. This dough was great! I topped it with tomato sauce instead of pizza sauce and I added my own spices - I used pizza spice, italian seasoning and dill weed. Then I added some minced garlic. I put mozarella cheese and veggies on top. It was very easy to make. I only needed 3 cups total of flour. Any more would have made the dough too dense. The dough rose very quickly.


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