Fast, Foolproof Pizza Dough: Step by Step

This quick, super-easy pizza dough recipe is a deal-breaker. It mixes up in minutes and can be ready to bake in about 1 hour. The supple dough is easy to handle and bakes into an airy crust with perfectly browned edges.


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Put all ingredients in the bowl of a heavy duty standing mixer.

There’s need to proof if using instant yeast.

Attach a dough hook and mix on low speed to combine. Add additional water now if the dough appears too dry.

Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is smooth, elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap.

Allow to rise until doubled, 1-2 hours depending on the temperature of your kitchen. This is my dough after 1 1/2 hours at 75 degrees.

Fully fermented dough should retain your thumbprint when pressed.

Fold the dough onto itself to form a ball.

To make a pan pizza, lightly oil a 15″x10″ or 9″x13″ baking sheet.

Flatten the dough into a circle. Let it rest a few minutes to relax the springiness.

Gently stretch the dough into the corners of the pan.

Prick the dough with a fork.

Sprinkle with cheese, pepperoni or your favorite toppings.

Bake 15 minutes at 500 degrees, or until the edges are golden brown.

Cool a few minutes before slicing.