Perfect Pizza Dough

READY IN: 2hrs




  • Place 1/4 cup of the warm water in a small bowl.
  • Stir in the sugar until dissolved, then sprinkle the yeast onto the surface of the water.
  • Let the yeast float there for 1 minute, then stir it into the water.
  • Let the yeast"proof" for 10 minutes.
  • It should bubble a bit; if it doesn't, the yeast is outdated and inactive.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl, then stir in the remaining water and the olive oil, flour, and salt.
  • With a wooden spoon, mix the dough until it forms a ball.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Coat the inside of a large glass or ceramic bowl with olive oil.
  • Press the ball of dough into the bottom of the bowl, then flip it over so the oiled side is on top.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then let the dough rise in a warm place until it has doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Makes 1 1/2 pounds of dough.