Basic Pizza Dough

Basic Pizza Dough

Make individual pizzas with this basic pizza dough recipe, then each child in your house can sprinkle on their own toppings. Buon appetito!

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Basic Pizza Dough
Party Snacks
Try this recipe at your child's next party. Double the ingredients or divide them in half, depending on the size of your celebration.
Parent Supervision Needed
This recipe requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or hot pans.
Allergy Alert
This recipe contains one or more of the following common food allergens: dairy, nuts, soy, wheat, or eggs.

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 2 hr. 10 min.

Cook Time: 7-10 min.


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup warm water (108°F)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Cornmeal for sheet pan
Tip: Bell peppers in different colors make a beautiful pizza topping. Some kids also love strong tastes. Let your child taste a slice of onion or a piece of chopped garlic--they might want to sprinkle that on, too!


  1. Step 1

    Combine the flour and the salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Combine the warm water and sugar in a liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Pour the water and oil into the food processor and process until the mixture becomes a ball.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the dough from the food processor and place on lightly floured work surface. Knead slightly until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes. (Or place in a gallon-size resealable bag and refrigerate overnight.)

  3. Step 3

    Punch down the dough and let rise for another 45 minutes. (Allow refrigerated dough come to room temperature.)

  4. Step 4

    Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece on a clean surface, with a bit of flour if necessary, to a 6-inch circle.

  5. Step 5

    When you're ready to add toppings, sprinkle two sheet pans lightly with cornmeal. Place the dough disks on the prepared sheet pans and top with sauce and toppings. Bake with oven rack in lowest position at 500°F until pizza is golden and bubbly; 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool slightly.

Tip: Don't get discouraged when you're rolling out the individual pizzas--this is a very bouncy dough! If you have a pizza stone, by all means bake your pizza directly on it for a crispier crust. Be sure to heat and cool the stone slowly.

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 448
  • Total Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 398mg
  • Total Carbs: 61g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 8g
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