How to make pizza dough

How to make pizza dough

How to make pizza dough

by Great British Chefs8 December 2014

How to make pizza dough

While it may sound like hard work, authentic homemade pizza is delicious. Whether having a movie marathon or treating the kids, pizza always goes down well and is actually relatively easy to make.




  • 7g of dried yeast, (one sachet)
  • 25ml of olive oil
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 250ml of water
  • 500g of strong white flour
  • 1 tsp salt


In a small bowl, mix the yeast, olive oil, sugar and water together
Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well
Pour the yeast mixture into the well and use a wooden spoon to combine
When the mixture starts to come together, use your hand to form a dough
Place the dough on to a lightly floured work surface
Knead the dough until it is smooth and springy – this should take roughly 10–15 minutes
Place in a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size – this will take about 60 minutes
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and ‘knock it back’ by briefly kneading again
Roll the dough out with a rolling pin to 0.5cm thick and garnish with your choice of topping


You could try substituting some of the flour for polenta or semolina for more of a crunch.

Get some inspiration for toppings with Paul Ainsworth's pizza Giardinera or pizza Caprino recipes.

Pastry can make a great alternative to pizza dough as seen in Sally Abe's recipe for Puff Pastry Pizzas.

Get in touch

Please sign in or register to send a comment to Great British Chefs.