December 23rd, 2009

Favorite Pizza Dough

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This Favorite Pizza Dough is a staple at our house, although we most often use it to make breadsticks.  

Favorite Pizza Dough

The dough should be very soft, but not sticky, so add the last half cup of flour in slowly to make sure you get it just right. 

For pizza, I like to drizzle the crusts with additional olive oil and sprinkle them with garlic salt and Italian herbs before adding the toppings. 

And calzones are always fun because everyone can choose their own fillings.

Favorite Pizza Dough

Preparation 60 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 1 hr 20 mins


  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour


  1. Combine water, yeast and sugar in a bowl; let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix egg and oil and add to yeast mixture. Add salt and stir. Gradually blend in flour until a soft dough forms.
  3. Oil dough and place in a large bowl. Let rise one hour.
  4. For pizza, divide dough in half and roll out to desired thickness. Spread into 2 pizza pans. Top with sauce and toppings and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  5. For calzones, divide the dough into 4-6 equal portions and form into circles.
  6. Place toppings on half of circle. Fold remaining dough over toppings and seal edges. Brush with milk and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
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Who Dished It Up First: I got this recipe almost 15 years ago when we were living in student housing while my husband worked on his master’s degree. We’d gotten  together with friends to make calzones. I still haven’t found a better recipe for pizza dough.



  1. I love this dough and I’ve made it several times as calzones! I had a dinner party and it was a hit!

  2. Red in India: try decreasing the olive oil from 1/3 cup to 3 tablespoons instead.

  3. Nice. Thanks for sharing with us ! How can i store pizza dough in freezer ?
    Thank you


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