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I have a few pizza recipes to share with you, as well as a couple of calzone recipes I made recently using the same dough, so before giving the recipes here is the dough I use.

I’ve been making pizzas for many years but this is my best pizza dough.  My friends and relatives say that it’s  the best crust they’ve ever had.

A few minor details make all the difference.  I use bread flour instead of all purpose flour,  honey instead of sugar and my other secret is to wet the dough with olive oil before rising, which makes a lovely, elastic dough.


Homemade Basic Pizza Dough

Makes: 2 pizzas for 30 cm pizza baking tin


  • 800 grams bread flour
  • 2 packages (16 grams) instant dry yeast or 50 grams fresh yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a bowl add the yeast with 1 tablespoon floor, honey and with half a cup of lukewarm water and mix.Let it stand for 5 minutes until it bubbles.
  2. Attach the dough paddle to the mixer and add the flour, olive oil and salt and mix.
  3. Add the yeast mixture, mix and then add the water gradually and mix again until the dough is ready and does not stick on the mixer bowl or your hands.  If it is sticky, add more flour.
  4. Add the remaining olive oil on top of the dough and lift so that it wets the entire dough.
  5. Cover with cling film and leave it in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  6. When ready, punch the dough to deflate and knead again for a couple of minutes.
  7. Divide the dough into two equal parts and roll out each piece.
  8. Transfer to an oiled pizza tin.
  9. Now the pizza dough is ready to receive its toppings.

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25 σχόλια on Homemade Basic Pizza dough

  1. Ο/Η angiesrecipes λέει:

    I love thin crust pizza as they are not so filling and crispy around sides, just beautiful!

  2. Ο/Η Mariana λέει:

    He, he, I am reading your post while 4 small "pizzas" are in the oven…. I used souvlaki's pittas which are not bad when you are very busy though they don't compare to your homemade dough. :)

  3. Ο/Η tobias cooks! λέει:

    I love pizza too. so many varyations are possible once you have the right dough!

  4. Ο/Η tasteofbeirut λέει:

    Funny Ivy, I was reading your recipe and it is identical (except for the honey, we use sugar) to the pita bread dough I've been using!)

  5. Ο/Η Teresa λέει:

    Ivy, thanks for this great dough recipe. I haven't been using yeast for too long, but I'd love to try making my own pizzas at home without buying the pre-made crust. Thank you my friend.

  6. Ο/Η Lisa Henderson λέει:

    I look forward to your pizza toppings. I shall try it next time adding honey and oil at the end.

  7. Ο/Η alison λέει:

    thank you, ivy, for this wonderful recipe!i will try it to my next pizza!and a very good day!

  8. Ο/Η Happy Cook λέει:

    I have been looking for a pizza dought for long. After comming from italy i have not had pizza here saying i don't want to be disapointed.
    So now i just have to make pizza myself.
    Thankyou for the recipe

  9. Ο/Η lizcupcakes λέει:

    We love home made pizza. It always turns out better when my husband kneads it. Must be the strength! Or maybe I just can't be bothered to knead it for long :P

    I've never thought of using honey as the activator. I'll give it a try next time.

  10. Ο/Η cheryl λέει:

    I think this looks easy enough for me to handle. I have to start making my own dough one of these days. I like this recipe. :)

  11. Ο/Η yasmeen λέει:

    Homemade is always the best :D

  12. Ο/Η farida λέει:

    Ivy, I haven't been to your blog for ags. How bad of me:( I love homemade pizza a lot. Thanks for the recipe. The addition of honey is interesting. Must add a nice dimension to the taste of the crust.

  13. Ο/Η Soma λέει:

    Nothing like the homemade fresh pizza.

  14. Ο/Η Cakelaw λέει:

    Homemade pizza dough is always better than those awful store bought crusts, and so versatile!

  15. Ο/Η Calzone λέει:

    [...] Pizza Dough (see recipe here) [...]

  16. Ο/Η DEMETRIOS λέει:

    The water you mix with the yeast and honey is part of the 11/4 cups of lukewarm water.

  17. Ο/Η Emer λέει:

    Hi, just came across this recipe. I was curious to know if the honey changes the flavour of the dough. I understand you are using it to activate the yeast but if using instant yeast, you don't really need to activate it. In that case, do you still use it (for flavour)?
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